No fewer than 11 persons lost their lives and 22 sustained various degrees of injuries after a truck loaded with beans and passengers from Sokoto en route to Ibadan, in Oyo State had an accident in the Shanga Local Government Area of Kebbi State on Friday.
It was gathered that the truck somersaulted after the driver lost control of the vehicle, at Giron Masa village.
Confirming this incident, the spokesman for the Kebbi State Police Command, SP Nafiu Abubakar, said the incident happened in the early hours of Friday.
“On November 3, 2023, around 6 am, there was a motor vehicle accident along Koko – Yauri Road, involving a Volvo DAF truck with number plate KWA 230 SKK, driven by one Alhaji Sule ‘m’ aged 40yrs of Gada LGA of Sokoto State.
“The truck which was loaded with passengers and bags of beans was coming from Sokoto to Ibadan, Oyo State. On reaching Giron Masa village, Shanga LGA, the driver of the truck lost control. As a result, it somersaulted and 21 passengers sustained various degrees of injuries.
“On receipt of the report, a team of policemen from Shanga Division mobilised to the scene and evacuated the victims to General Hospital Shanga, for treatment, where a medical doctor confirmed 11 dead, while the remaining victims are responding to treatment.
“Given the above, the Commissioner of Police, Kebbi State Command, CP Chris Aimionowane, prayed for the souls of the departed to have an eternal rest”
The CP also called on transport unions and other road users to always ensure they place adequate safety measures in their vehicles and be conscious, to prevent recurrence.
He also advised them to observe the speed limit, avoid overloading, and recklessness and be more careful while driving.