Nine persons lost their lives on Saturday night in an auto crash when a petroleum tanker and a car collided at Hausari village, on Sokoto-Tambuwal road, Sokoto State.
A source, who said the accident occured at about 7.30 p.m three Km from Dogon daji town, revealed that the car was part of a wedding delegation conveying a bride to Sokoto from Dogon-Daji, about 76 Km from Sokoto, while the petrol tanker was travelling from Sokoto to Jega, Kebbi State.
Umar Dogon-Daji, a journalist with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Sokoto, on Sunday, said that two other persons were receiving treatment at the Uthmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto.
He said that eight of the deceased persons were all relatives of the bride, while a co-driver of the petrol tanker was among those who died.
“I attended the burial of the eight deceased persons, comprising a man, four women and three children aged between eighteen months and three years” Dogon-Daji said. “The burial was conducted around 10 a.m. Sunday and they were thereafter buried at the Dogon-daji cemetery”.
He said the corpse of the co- driver has been taken away by his relatives.
Miss Iklima Tafida, a younger sister of the bride revealed that their family and the entire town had been thrown into mourning following the incident.
“We are all confused and shocked, although we strongly believe that God knows best” she said.
When contacted, Dr Umar Gummi, the Sector Commander of the Federal Roads Safety Commission ( FRSC), said that the auto-crash was yet to be reported to the command, while the spokesman of the state police command, DSP El-Mustapha Sani, said the Divisional Police Officers in Tambuwal and Shagari had not reported the incident.
“I have been trying to get their lines but could not do so up to now. I will furnish you with the details anytime i get them” Sani said.