Journalist, Three Others Die in Motor Accident on Kaduna-Zaria Road

A journalist, Mr Dominic Ozoh, and three other persons have been killed in a motor accident on Kaduna-Zaria Expressway.

NAN reports that Ozoh was a former Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Kaduna State Council.

Addressing newsmen in Zaria on Tuesday, the Unit Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Zaria Unit Command, Mr Abubakar Murabus-Tata, said they received a distress call that an accident happened.

“About 12.30 p.m today (Tuesday), we received a distress call that an accident happened on Kaduna-Zaria Expressway precisely at Dumbin Rauga, about six kilometres away from Zaria.

“It involved two vehicles, a long DAF truck and a Toyota Hiace commercial Bus with registration numbers FKY 321 YF and XB 632 NSR, respectively.

“The accident was as a result of dodging potholes by the truck, which accidentally jamming the bus, and subsequently burst in flames. This led to the death of four people, three males, and a female.”

He said 12 people were involved in the accident, 10 persons were inside the bus while two were in the truck (truck driver and his boy), adding that nothing happened to the truck driver and his boy.

Murabus-Tata said of the 10 people inside the bus six were responding to treatment at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika, where the corpses were also deposited.

“Two of the victims were burnt to ashes and two others died while on their way to the hospital. Actually, when we reached the scene of the accident the vehicles were still on flames.

“We had no option than to seek the services of the fire service who immediately responded and put out the fire. One person inside the bus was not identified because he burnt beyond recognition and nobody knows where he is coming from.

“In view of that we reported the case to the Chairman, Zaria Local Government, who authorised us to go and bury him and the man has been buried according to Islamic rites,” he said.

However, daughter to the deceased journalist, Ms Dame Dominic, confirmed that her father died in the accident, saying that she was still in ABUTH.

According to her, the deceased left behind four children including three females and a male.

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