The Federal Roads Safety Commission, (FRSC) has confirmed the death of 17 travellers in Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State last Saturday night. New National Star learnt that two sisters of the former deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Babangida Nguroje, (Zainab and Hadjiya Hadiza) his brother – in -law and four of their children were involved in the accident.
Already, President Muhammadu Buhari has commensurated with the Nguroje family and others involved in the crash. Senior Special Assistant, Media to President Buhari quoted the President as saying that;” I am lost for words to describe such multiple deaths in a single-car accident in which family members perished.
“I received the news of this tragedy with deep shock and grief, and wish to express my heartfelt sympathy and solidarity with you at this trying and painful moment. He prayed to God to forgive the gentle souls of the deceased persons and comfort those they have left behind. The FRSC Unit Commander in Akwanga, Assistant Corps Commander Ebere Onyegbaduo while explaining the cause of the accident said, “We received a distress call of a ghastly accident by 7 pm around Ahead Town, it is between Akwanga and Gudi Towns.
“We rush to the scene and found a Commercial VW Sharon Bus and a Private Toyota Sienna Bus engulfed in flames with the occupants inside the burning vehicles. “We called for Fire Brigade, the fire was contained by 11 pm and we completed the rescue by 2 am.” He said. ACC Ebere said a preliminary investigation shows that the Sharon Bus was coming from Abuja and he was overtaking on a hill and at a bend, he ran into the Sienna and the vehicles went up in flames and led to the death of 17 People beyond recognition.
He said the occupants of the Sharon Bus have been deposited at the Akwanga General Hospital while those of the Sienna has been taken to the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, ( DASH) in Lafia. ACC Ebere cautioned Drivers to avoid dangerous driving to safeguard their lives and of others. Similarly, the occupants of the Sienna car have been identified as Prince Nuhu Hamman Gabdo, his wife, and children.
They were returning to Abuja after the visit to his town in Gashaka, Mambilla plateau of Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba state. The late Nuhu Hamman Gabdo was a staff with Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) in Abuja and held the traditional title of Ubandoma of Gashaka Chiefdom.