23 killed as Lagos-bound truck crashes in Niger

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The Niger State Police Command has said 23 persons lost their lives when a truck fully loaded with cows and 45 persons skidded off the road and somersaulted into a bush.

The accident occurred around 5am on Monday on the Bokani-Makera Road in the Mokwa Local Government Area of the state, according to the Commissioner of Police, Mr Adamu Usman, who confirmed the crash to the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna.

Usman said the truck, with number plate BBJ 666 XA, was coming from Dadin Kowa in Kebbi State and was on its way to Lagos when the crash occurred, explaining that the corpses of the deceased and the other 22 passengers, who sustained varying degrees of injury, had been taken to the Mokwa General Hospital for post-mortem and treatment.

Usman, who attributed the accident to loss of control by the driver, lamented the failure of drivers to obey traffic rules and regulations. Punch

 

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