A military armoured gun truck on Sunday, November 10, 2019, crushed a Keke NAPEP in Damaturu, killing two passengers, including a female Pre-ND student of the Federal Polytechnic Damaturu.
Findings revealed that the accident occurred at the traffic junction at the Gwange along Gashua road where the military vehicle collided with the Keke NAPEP in an attempt to move into opposite directions.
The accident has drawn reaction from residents and the Civil Society in the State.
Abubakar Shehu, the executive director of CSOs in Yobe State said the position of the CSO will be made public after investigation.
In an attempt to douse the tension in the town, the State Government quickly met with the family to condole with them over the demise of their daughter.
In a statement signed by the director general press affairs to governor Mai Mala Buni, Abdullahi Bego disclosed that the Brigade Commander 27 Task Force Brigade of Nigeria Army and the Commanding Officer 233 Tank Battalion with officials of Yobe state Government have already visited the deceased family.
The statement also informed that Governor Buni has ordered the acting Secretary to the State Government to liaise with the military and commence a full investigation into the matter.
Buni also ordered for free medical access to those wounded and receiving treatment at the hospital.
The statement reads in full:
“His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni has been briefed about an incident in Damaturu on November 9, 2019, in which a KEKE NAPEP rider with passengers was crushed by a military vehicle in an accident which claimed the lives of two persons.
“Already, the Brigade Commander 27 Task Force Brigade, the Commanding Officer 233 Tank Battalion and officials of the State Government have visited and commiserated with the families of the victims.
“His Excellency has learnt that one of the victims, Hussaina Baffa Bello was a pre-ND student of the Federal polytechnic Damaturu while the other fatality was a toddler.
“Governor Buni’s thoughts, sympathies and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives and with the victims who sustained injuries.
“The governor prays Almighty Allah (SWT) to grant repose to the souls of those who died, fast recovery to those who sustained injuries and fortitude to bear the loss for families of the victims.
“His Excellency Governor Buni has directed the office of the acting Secretary to the State Government to liaise with the military in order to have a full investigation and ascertain how the accident happened and how such could be avoided in the future.
“The governor has also directed the State Ministry of Health and the Hospitals Management Board to ensure that those who sustained injuries are given access to free medical care”.
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