*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 carryingÂ fertilizer lost control and crashed into aÂ market in the area, killing aboutÂ 90 people.
Sunday VanguardÂ gathered that 38 otherÂ 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 onÂ brake failure.
Governor Ibrahim Idris, who was scheduled for an official assignment in Abuja at the time of the incident, cancelledÂ the trip and immediately proceeded to the scene ofÂ 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 â€œtragedyâ€ that calls for a state mourning, promised to offset the medical bills of the injured persons. â€œThis is a very terrible situation. I canâ€™t understand why the blood of human beings will spill in this manner,â€ Idris said.