By Ibironke Ariyo, Abuja.
Nine persons have been confirmed dead and 10 others injured in a fatal crash on the Yangoji-Abaji road in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Bisi Kazeem, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Kazeem said that the crash, which involved a Toyota Hiace bus with vehicle registration number KTG-450 KQ and Howo Sino truck, took place on the Yangoji-Abaji road around 6:05 a.m. on Sunday.
He said that the bus was coming from Osun State and heading to Katsina State, but unfortunately rammed into a stationary articulated vehicle.
“Twenty-two people were involved in the crash; they were all males. Ten were injured and nine were killed. First aid was given to two.
“The FRSC recovered N3,170, six bags and four mobile phones from the scene.
“The rescue involved a joint team of Zebra 6 Yangoji, Zebra 6, 16 Abaji and police. However, the injured victims taken to the General Hospital, Abaji, by Zebra 16 and police on patrol.
“While the nine corpses were deposited at a mortuary in General Hospital, Kwali, Abuja and the Nigerian Police Force, Kwali division, has taken over the investigation,” he said.
Kazeem quoted the Acting Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dauda Biu, as saying that the crash resulted from dangerous overtaking and eventual loss of control.
The Acting Corps Marshal stressed that crashes at night were more fatal than those that occurred during daytime.
Biu reiterated that the corps would redouble its efforts by constantly engaging the motoring public nationwide on the issue.
According to him, this will be through aggressive public awareness and sensitisation campaign, until the desired result was achieved.
He advised vehicle owners to ensure that their vehicles were in order before putting them on the road, so as to avoid road crashes, particularly at night.