Canter driver crushes six to death, injures seven in Jigawa


A 45-year-old canter driver, Tasi’u Ashiru, has crushed six people to death and injured seven others in Jigawa State.

Eyewitnesses said that the incident happened on Wednesday at Sabon Garin Takanebu, Miga LGA, along the Jahun to Gujungu Road when the driver lost control and ran into marketers at the market.

Many died, while others sustained various degrees of injuries.

The spokesman of the command, DSP Lawan Shiisu Adam, confirmed the incident to newsmen.

According to him, “On June 12, 2024, at about 2100hrs, there was a fatal motor vehicle accident at Sabon Garin Takanebu, Miga LGA, along the Jahun to Gujungu Road, involving a vehicle with Reg no. XA 519 KUR Mitsubishi Canter driven by a 45-year-old Tasi’u Ashiru of Kara village, Ajingi LGA, Kano State.”

“On reaching the Sabon Gari market, the driver lost control and ran into marketers, as a result of which ten (10) persons sustained various degrees of injuries while three (3) died on the spot.”

DSP Shiisu said that a team of policemen rushed to the scene and conveyed both the corpses and the injured to the Jahun General Hospital.

He added that three additional persons died on their way to the hospital, bringing the total number of deaths to six.

The victims were confirmed dead by the medical doctor on call, while the remaining seven victims are currently on admission and responding to treatment.

The corpses were later released to their relatives for burial.

The driver has been taken into custody, and an investigation is in progress.

The Jigawa State Police Commissioner, CP AT Abdullahi, prayed to Almighty Allah for mercy, granting the deceased eternal peace.

He also pleaded with motorists to drive carefully and with due caution, warning that anyone caught driving recklessly or causing deaths through careless driving would be arrested and face appropriate legal action

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