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18 die in truck accident along Aleiro-Sokoto road in Kebbi

The Police Command in Kebbi has confirmed that 18 people died when a truck conveying passengers and cows crashed at Malisa village, Gwandu Local Government Area of the state.

The Spokesman of the command, SP Nafi’u Abubakar, made this known in a statement issued to newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Monday.

He said that the accident occurred on Sunday at about 11:00pm when the driver lost control of the truck at Malisa village along Aliero-Sokoto road.

Abubakar said that the truck with registration number SRP 442 XA, was conveying passengers and cows from Illela LGA of Sokoto State to Lagos.

“On reaching Malisa junction, the driver lost control of the truck and it fell down, as a result, 42 passengers sustained various degrees of injury.

“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Ahmed Magaji-Kontagora instantly rushed to the scene and evacuated the victims to General hospital Gwandu, for treatment.

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“A medical doctor in the hospital confirmed 18 dead, while the remaining victims are currently responding to treatment.

“Similarly, 16 cows also died as a result of the accident,” he said.

Abubakar said Magaji-Kontagora prayed for the souls of those who died and speedy recovery of the injured passengers.

“The CP called on the NURTW, NARTO and other road users to always ensure they emplace adequate safety measures in their vehicles and be conscious while driving, with a view to preventing future occurrence.

“They should observe speed limit, avoid overloading, recklessness and be more careful while driving,” he added. (NAN)

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