Authorities in north-central Nigeria’s Niger state say 25 folks have been killed and dozens of others injured after a truck overloaded with meals gadgets and folks crashed
ByCHINEDU ASADU Related Press
November 22, 2023, 12:27 PM
ABUJA, Nigeria — A truck overloaded with food gadgets and greater than 200 folks crashed in north-central Nigeria’s Niger state, killing 25 passengers and injuring dozens of others, authorities stated Wednesday.
The truck was on its option to Nigeria’s financial hub of Lagos on Tuesday when it crashed in Takalafia village in Niger’s Magama district on Tuesday, in accordance with Nigeria’s street security company.
Niger Gov. Mohammed Umaru Bago stated in an announcement that the 25 victims have been taken to a close-by mortuary whereas different passengers had been being handled for his or her accidents.
Kumar Tsukwam, sector commander of Nigeria’s Federal Street Security Corps in Niger, informed The Related Press that it is believed among the passengers needed to journey with the trailer by means of Tuesday night time to keep away from unsafe roads throughout the day.
“The passengers weren’t aware of the (nature of the) street and the products it was conveying,” Tsukwam stated.
Overloading and rushing are frequent causes of crashes alongside main roads in Nigeria the place visitors guidelines are sometimes not adhered to, with drivers who disobey the principles usually escaping penalties.
Authorities are going to make sure that “stringent penalties are meted out to visitors rule violators” in Niger state, Bago stated.
Nigerian President Bola Tinubu mourned the victims and urged commuters to drive safely, particularly because the festive season approaches.
“The president describes the incident as a harrowing tragedy and directs the company chargeable for emergency response to instantly transfer in and make sure that these injured get the required therapy,” Tinubu’s workplace stated in an announcement.