The Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) Corps Marshal, Dauda Ali Biu, has directed the Legal Department of the Corps to set in motion processes for the immediate prosecution of reckless drivers who were involved in the Liba and Bunza fatal crashes in order to protect the rights of passengers and also serve as a deterrent to others.
Biu decried the continued and indiscriminate violation of the legal speed limit as well as other established traffic regulations by some drivers, which has led to the wanton destruction of lives and properties on the highways.
In the same manner, he also directed commanding officers to begin an immediate and aggressive clampdown on violators nationwide.
He stated this following the fatal crashes that occurred on March 26 and 27, 2023, in Liba, Gonan Rogo, and Bunza, all in Kebbi State.
The unfortunate lone crash, which occurred at exactly 1730 HRS, involved a DAF trailer with registration number SKF 131XA, conveying 61 people plying through the Jega-Yauri route in Kebbi State.
The crash report reveals that a total of 61 people were involved, out of which 36 victims, comprising 1 female adult and 1 female child, sustained different injuries, including fractures, bruises, and head injuries. More so, 23 victims, comprising 21 male adults, 1 male child, and 1 female adult, were killed.
The crash occurred as a result of overloading and tyre bursts, leading to a loss of control that resulted in avoidable fatalities.
The injured victims were rescued and taken to Maiyama General Hospital, while the dead bodies have been deposited at the morgue of the same hospital.
On the other hand, the Sunday, March 26 crash, which happened at Kwanar Tunga Junction in Kamba Local Government Council of Kebbi State, involved a Toyota Carina saloon car registered as BDG129CZ and a Mercedes Benz Tipper with the following registration details: NSR 495 NS.
The crash involved a total of 14 people, consisting of 3 male adults and 11 female adults. Out of this, 2 male adults sustained injuries, while 12 victims, comprising 1 male adult and 11 female adults, were killed.
The investigation report also reveals that the crash was primarily caused by speed violations and wrongful overtaking.
The victims have been taken to Bunza General Hospital, in the Kamba Local Government Council of the State.
Dauda Biu commiserates with the families of the deceased and wishes the injured the quickest recovery while reiterating that the Corps will continually do its best to ensure that the roads are made safer for all to use.
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