The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday commiserated with the Taraba state government and families of victims involved in Tuesday multiple accidents in Jalingo the state capital.
There was fatal multiple accidents involving a Madza MPV bus, a road safety personnel, tricycles and pedestrians in the early hours of Tuesday in Jalingo, leaving at least two dead and 13 injured.
Briefing journalists at the NUJ Press Center in Jalingo, Taraba State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr. Godwin Omiko said his men had tracked down a driver who was making call while driving when suddenly a man driving dangerously from behind came and knocked down one of the officers on duty, Mr. Fredrick Babula.
Omiko who condoled with the families and victims of the unfortunate accident called on road users to exercise caution while on the road.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aliyu Tafida who corroborated the Sector Commander however added that men of the corps followed the driver who knocked down their colleague and ran away in an attempt to take vehicle registration number.
“In the process of pursuing him to get his number, the man ran into several tricycles causing multiple accidents. About 14 people were involved in the accident and were rushed to the federal medical centre Jalingo, where a seven months old baby and a 25 year old man were later confirmed dead.
“The man who caused the accident is undergoing treatment under the watch of the police and he will be charged to court as soon as he recovered from the injuries he sustained in the accident,” he said.
FRSC Zonal Commander, Yola, Mr. Abdulahi Rigim while answering questions from journalists after the briefing said he was detailed by the Corps Marshall, Boboi Oyeyemi to come condole with the government and people of Taraba and investigate the cause of the accident.
He condemned the high casualty figure being reported on the social media about the accident and appealed for calm, adding that security agencies in the state have to synergize to avoid break down of law and order.
Our correspondent reports that officers of the corps, the police and the DSS conducted journalists round the wards of the Federal Medical Center, Jalingo where victims of the accidents were receiving treatment.