No fewer than 22 secondary school students died on Tuesday in fatalroad accident in Gaya local government area of Kano State.
The Kano command of the Nigeria police confirmed the accident, saying its operatives were at the scene trying to “calm the situation”.
The accident, which occurred at about11.00 a.m., involved a truck and a bus conveying the students from Misau local government, Bauchi.
The students were going on an excursion at a radio station.
A witness, Tella Maiunguwa, told newsmen that the bus collided with the truck as both were trying to avoid a pothole at Samia Uku village.
Maiunguwa said the accident occurred close to Maitama Sule College by Dudduru.
While Speaking the , the Public Relations Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Kano State Command, Kabir Daura, said “the accident occurred at Tsaida village in Gaya local government area of Kano state at about 11am, Tuesday.
“The students were enroute Kano on a school excursion when their bus collided with an oncoming DAF truck. Among the 22 dead students are 12 boys and 10 girls, whose bodies had been deposited at General Hospital Gaya. Others sustained injuries.
Two of the injured were taken to Gaya General Hospital while the remaining one has been referred to a Specialist Hospital in Kano,” Daura said.
The State Governor Muahammad Abdullahi has expressed shocked over the deaths.
“Innalillahi wa Inna ilaihi Rajiun!
Today is a tragic one as we lost about 23 of our best young minds, students and teachers of Command Junior Secondary school, Misau who were returning from an excursion journey from Kano state.
May Allah Almighty grant them Jannatul Firdaus and comfort their families. It is not good for a society to bury its young, worse still, when they go in search of knowledge. I offer my condolences to all affected and the people of Bauchi State”.