Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Bus crash kills 20

09 April 2013, 07:16

Kano - A speeding and overloaded bus crashed into a truck parked by a road in northern Nigeria on Monday, killing 20 passengers, an official and a hospital source told AFP.

The bus had set off Kano and was headed to Potiskum in Yobe state.

Potiskum has been attacked repeatedly by Boko Haram Islamists, and the insurgency has forced state officials to impose a dusk-to-dawn curfew in several areas.

The bus was reportedly speeding towards the city in order to beat the curfew when it crashed at roughly 17:00.

"A commercial bus carrying 22 passengers ran into a stationary truck" just outside Potiskum, said Sani Umar, an official with the state drivers union, noting that the vehicle was intended to carry just 17 people.

"The truck somersaulted several times on impact. ...We evacuated 20 dead bodies from the bus, with two seriously injured," he added.

He described speeding as the "likely cause," as drivers typically increase their speed as the curfew approaches to avoid being barred from entering the city when the military shuts off access at 18:00.

Badly maintained vehicles

A doctor at the Potiskum General Hospital, who was not authorised to speak to journalists, told AFP that 20 dead bodies had been brought in from the accident site.

Osuman Masari of the Federal Road Safety Commission in Yobe state said he had "received information about a ghastly motor accident outside Potiskum this evening involving a commuter bus."

"We don't have details at the moment because we don't have people on the ground," he added.

Road safety officials were forced to withdraw from the area following a spate of attacks blamed on Boko Haram, he said.

The Islamists have killed hundreds of people across northern Nigeria since 2009.

Parts of several states targeted by the insurgents have been placed under curfew.

Nigeria's roads are among the most dangerous in the world.

Badly maintained vehicles, poor roads and widespread reckless driving conspire to kill thousands in motor accidents across Africa's most populous country each year.


Tags yobe

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...