Dominic Ozoh, a journalist, and three other persons have been killed in a motor accident on Kaduna-Zaria Expressway.
This was confirmed by Abubakar Murabus-Tata, the Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Zaria Unit Command, while speaking to journalists on Tuesday.
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According to Murabus-Tata, his command received a distress call that an accident had occurred.
He said: “About 12.30 p.m today (Tuesday), we received a distress call that an accident happened on Kaduna-Zaria Expressway precisely at Dumbin Rauga, about six kilometres away from Zaria.
“It involved two vehicles, a long DAF truck and a Toyota Hiace commercial Bus with registration numbers FKY 321 YF and XB 632 NSR, respectively.
“The accident was as a result of dodging potholes by the truck, which accidentally jamming the bus, and subsequently burst in flames. This led to the death of four people, three males, and a female.”
Murabus-Tata said 12 people were involved in the accident, 10 persons were inside the bus while two were in the truck (truck driver and his boy), adding that the truck driver and his boy emerged from the accident unhurt.
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He said of the 10 people inside the bus six were responding to treatment at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika, where the corpses were also deposited.
“Two of the victims were burnt to ashes and two others died while on their way to the hospital. Actually, when we reached the scene of the accident the vehicles were still on flames.
“We had no option than to seek the services of the fire service who immediately responded and put out the fire. One person inside the bus was not identified because he burnt beyond recognition and nobody knows where he is coming from.
“In view of that we reported the case to the Chairman, Zaria Local Government, who authorised us to go and bury him and the man has been buried according to Islamic rites,” he said.
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However, Dame Dominic, daughter to the deceased journalist, confirmed that her father died in the accident, saying that she was still in ABUTH.
According to her, the deceased left behind four children comprising three females and a male.
Ozoh was a former Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Kaduna State Council.