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Published On: Mon, Aug 12th, 2019

20 people killed, 80 animals burnt in Bauchi auto-crash

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From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauch

Twenty people and eighty animals have been burnt to death beyond recognition in an accident that occurred along Potiskum – Sade road in Darazo Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, DSP Kamal Datti Abubakar, confirmed the incident in Bauchi over the weekend He said: “The incident happened on Sallah eve last (Friday) night around 9.30pm. It was a head-on collision between a J5 bus motor vehicle and an 18 seater Hummer bus.
“The J5 was coming from Potiskum heading towards Bauchi carrying goats while the Hummer bus was from Bauchi. They had a head-on collision which resulted to fire and 20 people were burnt beyond recognition.”
When asked on the identity of the deceased, he said he could not give that at the moment.
He however, said that, “Nineteen corpses were recognized by family members through the manifest in which they wrote their details at the motor park.”
The Police Spokesman said that a mass burial was held for the deceased on Saturday at 9am at Darazo in Darazo Local Government Area of the state.
Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Darazo Local Government, Garau Adamu said the passengers came from different places and it occurred between Kari and Sade and he attended the mass burial of all the victims in Darazo.
Many eye witnesses blamed the accident on pot holes dug by the Federal Road Maintenance Agency FERMA who embarked on rehabilitation the road; they didn’t fill the holes on the road which caused the accident.
Chairman of the council said he will meet with the officials of FERMA after the public holidays in order to find the best way they can filed the potholes to avoid future occurrence

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