Eleven young men from Jigawa State’s Gagarawa Local Government Area died in a road accident while commuting to Kano for the Nigerian Navy screening/Aptitude examination.
The crash occurred on Saturday, December 12, along the Jigawa-Kano road, when their vehicle rammed into a trailer that was wrongly parked on the road.
It was confirmed that the applicants left their homes at about 5:00 a.m. Hoping to meet their destination for the test on time. Today, at 30 centres around the country, the Nigerian Navy Apitude Evaluation for the 2020 recruiting exercise takes place.The deceased people were named by a local, Abba Muhammad, as Auwalu Mohammed; Mutari Sule; Ibrahim Sani; Katimu Muhammad; Dauda Salisu; Musbahu Yakubu, Rabiu Muhammad-Ado; Salim Muhammad-sani; Akibu Ubali-sale; and Murtala Salisu, while another is yet to be identified who died in the hospital.
PREMIUM TIMES told Muhammad, whose brother was among the victims, that the reckless driving and nonchalant conduct of the state authorities to prosecute reckless drivers was responsible for the repeated crash on the Gagarawa-Kano Highway. The Jigawa State Police Command spokesman, Audu Jinjiri, said the crash involved a commercial Golf 3 car with registration number AA 320 TAR, Jigawa, which transported twelve passengers to Kano. Muhammad, whose brother was one of the victims, told PREMIUM TIMES that the State authorities’ reckless driving and nonchalant approach to prosecute reckless drivers was resp.The Jigawa State Police Command spokesperson, Audu Jinjiri, announced that the crash involved a commercial Golf 3 waggon with registration number AA 320 TAR, Jigawa, carrying 12 passengers to Kano.
The car, Auwalu Muhammad, 30, was driving with the aforementioned passengers from Gagarawa Local Government to Kano. Jinjiri said when he entered ‘Abdullahi Masallaci’ and rammed into a stationed DAF tank.
After developing a mechanical fault, the vehicle, with registration number DUT 201, Jigawa, was parked by one Aminu Hassan, 25, of the Mallamadori Local Government Area of Jigawa. The truck was parked and almost half of the incoming lane was blocked, resulting in ten people, including the driver, losing their lives on the spot and two others contributing to treatment. Another victim died later in the hospital and both bodies (are) released for burial to families,’ he explained.
The spokesperson said the truck driver was arrested and will soon be charged.
In the meantime, Adamu Usman posted pictures on Facebook of ten of the deceased, describing the incident as a sorrowful moment for the state of Nigeria and Jigawa.
“Sad Day, Sad news as Jigawa lost ten youth in auto crash on their way for Navy exam (screening exercise)
“Today, Saturday 12-12-2020 it is a great sorrowful and mournful moment for Nigerian youth, Jigawa state and the people of Gagarawa Local Government in particular for the passing away of ten (10) promising youths in an auto crash along Jigawa-Kano road on their way for screening exercise (employment) with the Nigerian Navy.
“I am in tears and just speechless. My prayer for these departed souls is, May God Almighty forgive their shortcomings and grant them eternal rest. May He also give their parents, family and relatives etc the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss. Rest in peace our youths.”