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90 killed in Kogi auto crash

*38 others critically injured

By Isiaka Oyibo

Lokoja-IT was a gory sight yesterday in Dekina, in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State when a truck carrying  fertilizer lost control and crashed into a  market in the area, killing about  90 people.

Sunday Vanguard  gathered that 38 other  victims, mainly traders, were seriously injured and were, at press time, being treated at the intensive care unit of a private hospital in the area. The zonal commanding officer of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in charge of Anpka Division, Abdul Adejo, who confirmed the auto crash, blamed it on  brake failure.

Governor Ibrahim Idris, who was scheduled for an official assignment in Abuja at the time of the incident, cancelled  the trip and immediately proceeded to the scene of  accident. The governor, who battled to hold back tears, directed that the injured be immediately taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, for proper treatment.

Idris, who described the incident as a “tragedy” that calls for a state mourning, promised to offset the medical bills of the injured persons. “This is a very terrible situation. I can’t understand why the blood of human beings will spill in this manner,” Idris said.


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