From Desmond Mgboh, Kano
A ghastly auto crash has claimed the lives of no fewer than 16 indigenes of Dambatta town in Dambatta Local Government Area of Kano State.
Daily Sun gathered that the tragic accident occurred last night along Kaduna-Abuja Expressway.
A family source to one of the victims explained that the dead, who had returned to Kano from a southwestern state to attend a wedding ceremony in their village, was ambushed by suspected kidnappers or bandits on their way back to their base.
According to the source, the suspected gang had flagged down their oncoming vehicle, but the driver of the bus had failed to obey and stop, resulting in that the kidnappers shooting at their tyres, which burst, causing the vehicle to somersault and leading to the death of all the passengers on board.
The source indicated that the remains of some of the dead were returned to Dambattta town last night and have been buried according to Islamic rites by their respective families
Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has expressed shock over the death of the indigenes of the State.
While commiserating with the people of the State, the people of Dambatta town and the affected families, Governor Ganduje said on Thursday that the news of their death was received with great shock throughout the state.
A statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, urged the people of the State to pray for the repose of the souls of the deceased.
‘May Allah accept their martyrdom,’ the statement read. ‘May He punish the perpetrators of the heinous crime. May Allah also give the families of the deceased the fortitude to bear the great loss.’