Bridge collapse kills 11 army recruitment applicants, 10 others in Jigawa (Photos)

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A bridge in Rabadi village of Jigawa State collapsed on Sunday, August 15, leading to the tragic death of 21 persons, including 11 disqualified military recruitment applicants.

It was reported that the crash occurred due to heavy floods, while the deceased were on transit.

The unfortunate incident has been confirmed by the chairperson, Jigawa Civil Society Forum, Musbahu Basirka, who said the victims were travelling from Kano to Adamawa State when the incident happened.

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), SP Yusuf Wakili, confirmed that the victims were coming from Kano, where they went for recruitment screening into the Nigerian Army.

He said from documents found on the victims, eight of them were from Adamawa, while one came from Taraba and others Borno states.

He said “It involved one Hummer bus with reg no. FYK 406 ZA Gombe State conveying 18 passengers from Kano State to Adamawa State and a Canter lorry, conveying 3 passengers to an uncertain destination, fell into broken culvert full of water.”

“Victims were evacuated to Basirka Hospital. 21 passengers have been confirmed dead by medical doctors while one 26-year-old Simon Chinapi from Mubi, Adamawa State survived the accident.

“Commissioner of Police, Jigawa State Police Command, CP Aliyu S Tafida, psc together with AC_Ops, DPO, Gwaram and other officers have visited the scene and directed a prompt investigation into the incident,” he added.

Jigawa state deputy governor, Umar Namadi, who led state officials to the scene of the incident, urged the emergency management agency and the police to get in touch with the relatives of the victims for prompt burial.

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