Niger Gov expresses shock over death of 25 in road accident
Niger State Governor, Mohammed Umaru Bago, has expressed shock over the road accident that killed 25 people.
The lone accident that occurred Tuesday at Takalafia village on the Yawuri motorway in Magama Local Government of Niger State was said to have been caused by a speed violation that resulted in the loss of control.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Bologi Ibrahim, the governor described the accident as unfortunate and avoidable.
He decried the insensitivity of some drivers, especially those who violate the established traffic rules and end up causing harm to people and their loved ones.
Governor Umaru Bago cautioned drivers, particularly of trailers and other haulage vehicles, to desist from conveying passengers in their vehicles as it poses serious dangers to the lives of the passengers and other road users.
He said his government will work closely with relevant government authorities both at the local, state, and federal levels to ensure that stringent penalties are meted out to traffic rule violators.
While commiserating with the families of those who died in the crash, the governor prayed to God to forgive their shortcomings and grant them paradise, as well as quick recovery for those who were injured.
The trailer was said to be heading to Lagos from Sokoto State, conveying 229 people, comprising men, women, and children. Out of the 229 people, 25 were dead, while others were rescued with various degrees of injury.
The injured victims are currently receiving medical attention at the Kontagora General Hospital, while the dead victims have been deposited in the mortuary of the same hospital.