The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has described as false and unfounded the news making the rounds that 16 Kano travellers were killed by gunmen along Abuja-Kaduna highway.
In a statement signed by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, on Friday, the IGP said: “To set the record straight, the unfortunate death of the 16 travelers as well as injury to 3 others was due to a lone fatal vehicular accident.
“The sad event occurred on 8th December, 2020 at about 0120hrs when the driver of an 18-Seater Hummer Bus, Reg. No. FGE 553 ZS, belonging to Yasalam Transport lost control and somersaulted severally around ALCON Filling Station, Rigachukun, Igabi LGA in Kaduna State.
“Investigation by the Kaduna State Police Command reveals that 9 passengers died on the spot while 10 others, who sustained various degrees of injury, were quickly rushed to the St. Gerald’s Hospital, Kakuri.
“However, 7 of the injured victims subsequently gave up the ghost, bringing the total of the dead to 16.
“Three of the remaining passengers are receiving medical treatment. The accident led to the unfortunate and painful loss of life of 16-travellers and injury to 3-others and not any attack by Gunmen as speculated.”
The Force, therefore, enjoined reporters to cross-check and confirm their reports before going public to avoid unnecessary spread of panic and emotional distress to members of the public.