A wedding held in Jigawa State ended on a sour note as 19 guests at the wedding reportedly died in an accident that occurred in Zandam Nnogogo village – Gwaram area of Jigawa State on their way back from the occasion.
The fatal crash claimed the lives of 19 occupents out of 42 passengers
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Eyewitnesses revealed that the victims of the crash were among 42 passengers who occupied the 18-seater bus that was later involved in the fatal crash. According to eyewitnesses, the bus was overloaded, and that led to the bursting of the front tires. The driver lost control of the car, and it somersaulted multiple times before going up in flames. Out of the 42 passengers, 23 were rescued and rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately, the remaining 19 were burnt to death, beyond recognition.
Confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the Police in the State, Abdul Jinjiri, stated that many passengers were badly burnt.
“The vehicle was filled with women and children, including babies. The dead victims were burnt beyond recognition; they were reduced to ashes. We had to invite a doctor to the scene to examine their remains before they were given a mass burial at the scene. It was a horrible sight,” he said.
Jinjiri further revealed that, among the survivors rushed to the Azari Federal Medical Centre, 19 had been discharged.