Twenty three persons have died following an accident involving a Toyota Canter vehicle and a motorcycle.
The incident occurred on the Tunga Giwa – Ruwa road in Shanga Local Government Area of Kebbi State.
The driver Toyota Canter vehicle had tried to avoid a pothole when it hit a motorcyclist and somersaulted, killing the cyclist and 22 passengers in the van.
The Sole Administrator of Shanga, Alhaji Garba Salihu, told Governor Atiku Bagudu that the traders were returning from Tungan Giwa market when the incident happened.
Salihu said the vehicle rolled into a ditch and caught fire.
He said 22 persons on board the vehicle died on the spot, while eight sustained injuries and were receiving treatment at the Yauri General Hospital.
Bagudu, who was on an official visit to the area, participated in the funeral prayer for the victims who were buried in a mass grave.
The governor sympathised with the survivors and pledged to settle their medical bills and render further assistance.
The Kebbi State Police Spokesperson, Mustapha Suleiman, told PUNCH that the accident happened around 10.30pm on Monday.
Suleiman said: “The bus driver was at top speed when the motorcycle rider ran into the vehicle. The bus somersaulted and burst into flames. All the traders were burnt beyond recognition; so we cannot tell how many were males and how many were females. There are seven survivors at a hospital and they are in critical condition.”
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