· Plateau APC declare mourning over 16 PDP supporters
It was a Black Sunday, yesterday, as no fewer than eight persons were reportedly killed in a multiple road crash that happened at the Nicon Junction, Nnamdi Azikiwe Road, Abuja.
The incident which happened around 1:20pm on Sunday, according to eyewitnesses involved a Toyota Camry and Mazda.
While details of those involved in the fatal accident could not be ascertained, a witness John Apiah, said some of the victims were pedestrians waiting to cross the highway, while others were waiting to board vehicles to their destinations on their way back from church.
“Some of the people killed are from Church as one could see their Bibles. Some wanted to cross the road, others to catch vehicles to their destinations,” Apiah said.
According to him, the occupants of the Toyota Camry, all young men, seemed to be under the influence.
“Those guys were under some influence, maybe drugs. It was a terrible sight as people’s legs and parts of the body were just everywhere.”
Our correspondent who chanced on the accident scene arrived when an ambulance of the FRSC was pulling off, conveying the injured to the hospital and the dead the hospital morgue.
According to our correspondent, people could be seen in groups discussing the tragic accident.
Attempts to speak with the FRSC, both at the national and FCT command, yielded no response as calls and texts messages to their known lines where not answered.
In another development, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Plateau suspended its campaign tour for three days, to honour some supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who died in an auto accident.
16 PDP supporters died in an auto accident when they were on their way back from a zonal rally of the party, which was held in Pankshin area of the state.
In a statement, Nentawe Yilwatda, APC governorship candidate in Plateau, said the suspension of the campaign tour is to allow him and members of his party join the PDP and the families of the deceased in mourning the victims.
The APC candidate, in the company of members of his campaign council, also visited the victims at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH.
Also, Caleb Mutfwang, the PDP governorship candidate in the state, suspended the party’s campaign activities to mourn the deceased.
Yiljap Abraham, director of media and publicity to the Atiku-Mutfwang campaign council, announced the development, adding that all the injured are stable and responding to treatment.
He said 64 patients are receiving treatment in different health facilities.
He said JUTH is currently managing 24 cases; Nisi Domino’s Hospital, 20 cases; Infinity Hospital, eight cases; Cottage Hospital, four cases; and Panyam Clinic, eight cases.