27 Die In Abuja-Kaduna Road Accident, Kano Explosion

No fewer than 27 persons have been confirmed dead in a road accident on the Abuja-Kaduna Highway, Kaduna State and a gas explosion which occurred in Kano, yesterday.

While the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) put the death toll from the road mishap at 18, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said nine victims lost their lives in the Kano incident.

There were however conflicting reports from NEMA and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on the casualty figure and nature of the incident.

For instance, while the police said four people died in a gas cylinder explosion which occurred on Aba Road in Sabon Gari area of Kano, NEMA said it recovered nine bodies from a collapsed building in the same area.

In the accident on Abuja-Kaduna Highway in the early hours of yesterday, an eyewitness said 18 persons including children were affected.

The eyewitness told LEADERSHIP that the 18-seater bus ran into a faulty BUA trailer parked on the road without caution signs.

He said the bus exploded with all the occupants burnt while the driver of the faulty trailer fled. He said the incident happened around 5 am in Katari village, a settlement on the Abuja-Kaduna Road.


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