Police confirm 11 persons killed in Gombe Easter accident

…IGP orders speedy, comprehensive probe

Andrew Orolua, Abuja

An unfortunate fatal motor accident on Easter day has claimed the lives of 11 persons and injured 30 others in Gombe, the capital of Gombe State.

The acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said on Monday that the police have begun a comprehensive investigation into fatal incident.

The accident occurred along Gombe-Biu Road. Eye-witness accounts reveal that the accident occurred as a result of loss of control of the vehicle by the driver while driving along Gadan Malale and heading towards Central Roundabout and on reaching a point at Unguwan waja, rammed into a procession of worshippers evidently celebrating Easter.

With assistance from the policemen from Gombe Division, the victims were immediately rushed to Gombe Specialist Hospital where the driver, one Corp Assistant Adamu Abdullahi, a staff of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to Government House, Gombe and 10 others were confirmed dead and their bodies deposited at the morgue while 30 other persons injured are currently receiving treatment.

The state commissioner of police visited the scene of the accident to have an on -the-spot assessment as well as the hospital to monitor the treatment of the victims.

The inspector general while condoling the families and friends of the dead and the injured victim, has advised motorists to exercise utmost caution by obeying all traffic signs, rules and regulations while driving especially this festive period and beyond.

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