A fatal motor accident occurred today at about 1pm along Potiskum – Kano road, at Daniski village, in Nengere Local Government Area of Yobe State. Two Toyota Hiace Buses (with registration numbers unknown) travelling in opposite directions had a head-on collision and thereafter went off in flames. Twenty nine (29) persons – eleven of them burnt beyond recognition – have so far been confirmed dead, with sixteen others sustaining injuries of various degrees.
A statement by Frank Mba, Force spokesman in Abuja said Policemen from Nengere Division, Yobe State Police Command, assisted by members of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NUTRW) responded to the incident. Injured persons were rushed to General Hospital Potiskum, while, the dead bodies were deposited at the Hospital’s mortuary.
While expressing concern over incessant cases of accidents on our highways, the Inspector-General of Police advised Nigerians to ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy at all times. He equally warned against reckless driving, over speeding, over loading and flagrant disobedience of road traffic laws and regulations. He directed officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force attached to the newly rejuvenated Police Highway Patrol to take proactive measures, working in conjunction with other security agencies, to assist road users in preventing road accidents and rendering prompt assistance to victims of road mishap on our highways.
Meanwhile, all debris arising from the accident have since been cleared and normal traffic flow restored.