Governor Darius Ishaku has condoled with the people of Zing Local Government Area over Wednesday’s fire incident that has left ten dead and scores sustaining life threatening injuries.
The incident which has left the Governor and the people of the State deeply sad occurred when a tanker carrying fuel exploded near a busy spot in the town, killing many. Describing it as heartbreaking, the Governor said the Government is looking seriously into the matter to critically assess the immediate and remote cause of the incident.
In a statement shared by Senior Special Adviser on Public Affairs, Emmanuel Bello, Governor Ishaku said the incident left him deeply sad. He said, “I’m deeply touched by this incident because it is coming at a time when we are also dealing with all sorts of issues surrounding loss of lives from the herdsmen and other terrorists attacks.
“Life is sacred and when it is taken forcefully, it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. To families and friends of victims, I can say it is not only Zing that is mourning but the entire State. I therefore convey the Government’s heartfelt condolences to the people of Zing, especially to the victims.
“We pray God to give them the fortitude to bear these loss. While we can’t restore lives, we are committed to assisting victims as they grapple with this tragedy. Already we have deployed health support facilities and working with other agencies to provide first aid succour to affected persons”
He said that apart from the prompt response mechanisms in place, which was effectively deployed, Government is committed to dealing with tankers menace working with relevant road safety agencies.
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.