A tragic auto accident claimed the lives of 24 people in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State on Monday night.
The incident involved a truck carrying 87 passengers which were heading to Lagos from Zaria.
According to the sector commander of the Niger State Sector of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Kumar Tsukwan, who made this known in a copy of the first accident report made available to journalists, the accident occurred in Etsu woro village.
Tsukwan revealed that the accident, which was a lone auto crash, happened at 10:10 pm along Bida-Mokwa Road.
He also confirmed that 17 males, 4 females, and 4 children lost their lives in the auto crash.
Furthermore, 45 other passengers sustained varying degrees of injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment.
He also stated that the corpses had been deposited in the mortuary.
“The victims were evacuated from the site of the accident to the general hospital in Kutigi for medical attention while the corpse was deposited at the mortuary in Kutigi “.
The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained, but reckless driving and overloading have been identified as common causes of such accidents on Nigerian roads.
The authorities have been urged to intensify efforts in enforcing traffic regulations and ensuring that motorists adhere to them to avoid such tragedies in the future.
In other news, tragedy struck on the Greenville Estate, Badore, in the Ajah area of Lagos State when a woman, Annie Ofili, allegedly stabbed her friend, Glory Okon, to death at her residence.
According to reports, Okon had paid Ofili a visit when the incident occurred.
The two friends were conversing when an argument erupted, and it degenerated into a scuffle.
In the process, Ofili reportedly grabbed a knife from the kitchen and used it to stab Okon in the neck.
Neighbors who heard the commotion tried to intervene but were unable to enter the room.
However, the landlord and other neighbors eventually forced their way in and found Ofili on top of Okon with a knife while the latter was lying in a pool of blood.
The source said, “We heard both of them shouting in the room of one of the tenants and quickly ran there. When we got there, we met the door locked, forced it open and rushed in.
“When we entered, we met Ofili on top of her friend with a knife, and her friend was in a pool of blood with knife stabs in her neck and at the back”
They rushed Okon to the general hospital at CMS, Lagos Island, but she was confirmed dead on arrival.
Ofili’s landlord reported the incident to the police, and the suspect was arrested.
According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, a team of detectives was dispatched to the scene, and the suspect was arrested while the kitchen knife was recovered as evidence.