Nine members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) reportedly died in auto crash yesterday while returning from the party’s governorship campaign in, Hadejia, Jigawa State.
Blueprint newspaper learnt the accident, which claimed the lives of seven males and two females, occurred in three different spots.
The Jigawa state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) SP Abdu Jinjiri, who confirmed the accidents said: “one involved a Golf 3 with registration number MMR 364 AA (Golf 3). The vehicle lost control along Guri-Hadejia road and hit six children”.
Jinjiri noted that the vehicle was conveying party supporters as the Gov. Badaru of the state flagged off his 2019 reelection bid campaign in Guri LGA.
Further, he explained that three of the children Maryam Adamu aged four, Habibu Yusif aged nine and Aminu Abdullahi aged 10 died on the spot, while three others, who were critically injured, were taken to the hospital and are responding to treatment.
Jinjiri said that the driver of the vehicle was arrested by the police as investigation into the case was ongoing.
The PPRO also stated that the second accident occurred along Jahun-Kiyawa road when the governor’s campaign team was returning from Gumel LGA.
“On January 22 at about 20:15hrs, there was a fatal accident along Jahun-Kiyawa road which involved a ford (Focus) vehicle without Reg. No. driven by one Abubakar Ibrahim aged 35 of Birninkudu town.
“The vehicle, coming from Gumel and heading to Birninkudu, was conveying four female passengers.
“And on reaching Yar Jigawa village mine, the driver suddenly sighted a camel crossing the highway and lost control of his vehicle while trying to avoid hitting the camel. The vehicle somersaulted and swerved by the roadside and sustained serious injuries.
He said one Aisha Tahir aged 40 of Birninkudu town died while receiving treatment at the hospital, while six APC supporters died at Dandamo village in Suletankàrkar local government as they returning from the APC campaign rally held in Hadejia for the Northeast senatorial zone.
The Deputy Chairman North of the APC, Hon. Mannir Uba announced the death of their supporters in a road accident and described their demise as a great loss to the entire APC family in Jigawa and Nigeria at large and special prayers was offered for their repose souls.