NIS orders investigation into death of officers in road accident


The Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, has ordered an immediate investigation into the cause of the road accident that killed “four personnel” of the Service on Sunday.

Four members of the NIS musical band were reportedly killed on the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano highway while returning from Kano where they had gone to entertain at an official function.

Briefing the press on the incident in Abuja on Monday, the Service Public Relations Officer, Dr Dotun Aridegbe, confirmed the incident.

According to him, the accident involved 11 personnel, out of which four died.

He said: “An immediate investigation has been ordered by the Acting CGI to ascertain the remote cause of the accident.

“We are committed to understanding the circumstances that led to this tragic event and will take appropriate measures to prevent such incidents in the future.”

According to him, the officers were returning to Abuja from an official assignment in Kano, in an eighteen-seater official bus when they got involved in the ghastly accident a few kilometres from Kano.

He lamented that: “As a result, four of our personnel lost their lives. Seven of our colleagues who sustained various degrees of injuries are currently receiving treatment at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano.”

Aridegbe said arrangements for the burial of the dead personnel are being made with utmost care and respect.

He said the Acting Comptroller General of Immigration, Caroline Adepoju, has “directed all Commands and Formation Heads to fly our flag at half-mast for the next seven days”.

“We will observe a three-day mourning period in honour and memory of our fallen colleagues,” he added.

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