Seven members of the All Progressives Congress from Borno State travelling to Abuja for the party’s national congress died on Wednesday in an auto crash along Damaturu/Potiskum highway.
Though the identity of six of the deceased was not known as of the time of filing this report, it was however discovered that the seventh person, was Hajiya Saratu Ibrahim Biu, one of the women leaders of the party in the state.
Saratu, until her death, was the Assistant Public Relations Officer Borno Social Media Forum, the campaign forum of the state Governor, Kashim Shettima.
It was gathered that apart from the seven that were reported dead, five other persons sustained severe injuries in the accident which happened at about 10:15am.
Confirming the auto crash to journalists, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps Yobe State, Alhaji Yusuf Garba, said he got to know about the incident through a good Samaritan.
“We immediately mobilised a rescue team to the scene of the incident.
The commander said the accident, which involved a Volkswagen Saloon car and a Honda perfection had a head-on- collision while both vehicles were on high speed, which led to the death of seven persons with five others sustaining injuries.
He revealed that the incident, which occurred at about 10:15am, claimed the life of a prominent member of the APC, Hajiya Saratu Ibrahim Biu and six others while on their way to attending the APC convention in Abuja, slated for between June 12 (today) and 14.
He added that over N90,000 was recovered from the scene of the accident including some of their belongings, adding that the injured persons had been taken to the hospital in Damaturu for treatment.