Reports from Jigawa State, North-East Nigeria indicate that 21 people lost their lives in a fatal road mishap in the Gwaram Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Jigawa State command, ASP Lawan Shiisu, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Dutse.
Shiisu said the incident occurred after a Hummer Bus, conveying 18 passengers from Kano to Adamawa, and an unregistered lorry with three passengers fell into a broken culvert covered with floodwater.
He said: “Today, at about 6 a.m., we received a distress call from Radabi Village that an accident occurred on the Gwaram-Basirka Road.
“The accident occurred after one Hummer bus with Reg. No. FYK 406 ZA and a Canter lorry fell into a broken culvert full of water.
“Victims were evacuated to Basirka Hospital, where 21of the passengers were confirmed dead by a medical doctor.”
He said that one of the passengers, 26-year-old Simon Chinapi from Mubi in Adamawa, survived.
According to Shiisu, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Aliyu Tafida, has visited the scene and directed a prompt and discrete investigation into the incident.