Tragedy in Zamfara as 2 die in governor’s convoy accident

Two police officers attached to the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, have died in an accident involving the governor’s convoy.

The Director-General on Press Affairs to the governor,Yusuf Idris, who confirmed the incident to News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday, said the accident occurred along Funtua/Gusau road around 6 p.m. on Thursday.

According to Idris, the two police officers identified as Aminu Usman and Nura Mohammed died at the spot.
Mr Idris said the deceased had escorted the governor to Abuja on a five-day official trip.

He said that one of three vehicles in the convoy broke down in Zaria, Kaduna state while they were returning with the governor .
The two policemen were among the seven persons left behind to oversee the repairs of the broken down vehicle before coming to Gusau.
“About two hours later, however, the sad news was brought to the governor that those left behind were involved in the crash while driving in a heavy downpour and that the two policemen had died.
“Amidst tears, the governor directed the evacuation of the wounded persons from Funtua General Hospital where they were receiving treatment to a referral hospital for better care under the supervision of the governor’s personal physician.
“The doctor was also directed to update the governor on the progress of the treatment,” Mr Idris stated.

He further explained that while one of the victims escaped the accident unhurt, the remaining four sustained injuries.
Mr Idris said the governor had condoled with the families of the deceased and said the state government would pay all medical bill of those hospitalised.

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