31 killed in Nigeria horror crash

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has sent condolences to the northeast Bauchi State government following the death of at least 28 students and three teachers in a road accident.

The president, in a message issued on his behalf by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said he was deeply touched by the death of the students.

"I wish to express my sincere condolence to the Emir of Misau, Ahaji Ahmad Suliman, as well as parents and families of the deceased.’’

The students and three teachers of Government Day Junior Secondary School, Misau, were killed in the ghastly automobile accident on their way from Kano.

Another vehicle

The bus ferrying the school team had a head-on with another vehicle at Gaya village, claiming the lives of the Junior Secondary School (JSS) 1 and 2 students.

The dead included 15 boys and 10 girls and three teachers.

An eyewitness, Mr Ibrahim Adamu, said the bus collided with the vehicle carrying tomatoes while they were both trying to avoid a pothole.

A biology teacher from the school, Mr Ya’u Mohammed, said 22 of the students and three teachers died on the spot while three other students died on their way to the hospital in Darazo.

A sad period

The Bauchi State Head of Operations, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Paul Guar, confirmed the accident.

Another teacher, Mr Mohammed Kaka, said it was a sad period for the school management.

“We lost three of our dedicated and intelligent teachers and the students who died were quite promising, it is a sad one,” he said.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr Sabo Mohammed, described the tragedy as heart breaking.

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