At least 28 people made up of teachers and students of the Command Junior Secondary school, Misau, Bauchi state, were on Tuesday, February 13, crushed to death by a trailer in a fatal road accident in Gaya local government area of Kano state.
Daily Independent reports that those involved included three teachers and 25 students and that they were in a commercial Toyota vehicle travelling to Gidan Dan Hausa in Kano state for an excursion to one of the FM stations when they had a head-on collision with the trailer.
It was learnt that the vehicles conveying the students and their teachers was trying to avoid a pot hole at Tsamiya Uku village near Gaya Kano state following which it ran into the articulated vehicle.
“The bus was on high speed and same with the trailer before the driver of the bus lost control and collided with the truck,” said the eyewitness, Adamu, told Daily Independent.
A Biology teacher in the school, Ya’u Mohammed, reportedly said 22 of the students and three teachers died on the spot, while three others died on their way to Gaya General Hospital in Darazo.
According to Mohammed, the victims have all been evacuated from the accident scene, and their bodies would be handed over to their various families for burial.
Sabo Mohammed, the special adviser on education to Governor Mohammed Abubakar, described the development as heart-breaking.
“On behalf of the state government, and education stakeholders, I wish to express my sincere condolence to the Emir of Misau, Ahaji Ahmad Suliman, as well as parents and families of the deceased for this sad loss.
“As I speak to you, the governor is deeply saddened by the development, and he has detailed the Commissioner for Education and I to pay a condolence visit to the Emir and families of the deceased.
“May their gentle souls rest in peace; and may God forgive them their sins and give them eternal rest,” he said.
The spokesperson of the police in Kano, DSP Magaji Musa Majia, said the command was attending to the situation.
The incident was also confirmed by the Bauchi state governor in a statement obtained by NAIJ.com.
“Today is a tragic one as we lost about 23 of our best young minds, students and teachers of Command Junior Secondary school, Misau who were returning from an excursion journey from Kano state.
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“May Allah Almighty grant them Jannatul Firdaus and comfort their families. It is not good for a society to bury its young, worse still, when they go in search of knowledge.
“I offer my condolences to all affected and the people of Bauchi state,” the governor said in the personally signed statement.
NAIJ.com earlier reported how a former senator representing Plateau Southern, retired General John Nanzip Shagaya, reportedly died following a ghastly motor accident on his way to Jos from his hometown, Langtang.
Multiple reports confirmed the incident quoting family sources as saying the incident happened on Sunday, February, 11.
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