Taraba Acting Gov, Emir of Bauchi in auto crash

The Taraba State Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, and the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, survived an auto crash that left no fewer than two persons sustaining various degrees of injury.
Daily Newswatch learnt that the incident occurred along Gombe Road, about 25 kilometres from Shafuri village in Bauchi State.

It was further learnt that the crash, which occurred around 11.32am, involved seven escort vehicles belonging to the Taraba State Government, with registration numbers: TRGH 01 S; FADA 01; Escort 03; Escort 2 and the convoy of the emir.

Investigations revealed that the acting governor was on his way to pay a condolence visit to Governor Isa Yuguda over the death of his younger sister, Hajiya Umma Hafsatu Ibrahim Kuna Biri, who died last week.

The emir, who is the Bauchi State 2013 Amirul Hajj, was on his way to Gombe International Airport to board a plane enroute Saudi Arabia, to join pilgrims from the state, to perform this year’s hajj.

However, an eyewitness told newsmen that the accident occurred when one of the vehicles in the convoy of the Taraba Government tried to overtake another vehicle and in the process, collided with one of the vehicles in the emir’s convoy.

Confirming the incidence, the state Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Sunday Henry Olatunji, said out of the 16 persons that were involved in the crash, only two sustained injuries, adding that no death was recorded.

Olatunji confirmed that the accident involved two convoys belonging to the Taraba State Government and the Emir of Bauchi State.
He attributed the cause of the accident to over-speeding and wrong overtaking and cautioned motorists to always obey traffic rules, especially now that the ember months are here.

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