President Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, commiserated with the people and government of Niger State over a ghastly auto crash, which led to the loss of at least 17 lives in Magama Local Government Area of the state.
The PUNCH reports that at least 17 persons died in an auto crash at Takalafia village along the Yawuri Expressway in Magama.
The FRSC Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, confirmed the accident in a statement he signed in Abuja stating that the accident happened at about am on Tuesday and involved 229 persons comprising 220 men, four women and five boys.
Kazeem said the crash involved an over-speeding DAF articulated vehicle that lost control. 206 men, one woman, and one male child were rescued but sustained varying degrees of injuries.
He explained, “A total of 17 persons were killed in the crash. The injured victims have been evacuated to Kontagora General Hospital, Niger, for immediate medical attention. The dead were deposited in the mortuary of the same hospital.”
Tinubu, who described the incident as a harrowing tragedy, condoled the families of those who lost their lives in the accident and prayed for the repose of the souls of the deceased.
A statement signed by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, disclosed that Tinubu directed the agency responsible for emergency response to immediately move in and ensure that those injured in the tragic accident get the necessary treatment at the highest quality and with promptness.
The statement is titled ‘President Tinubu mourns victims of auto-crash in Niger State.’
Tinubu also implored citizens to be vigilant and safety conscious as they travel during this festive season, and always.