The Nigeria Police has said that the Easter Sunday tragedy which led to the death of 11 persons, mostly members of the Boys’ Brigade on Parade and serious injury to 30 others was an accident that o
ccurred as a result of loss of control of the vehicle by the driver, stressing that the Inspector General of Police, IGP, MA Adamu, has ordered speedy and comprehensive investigation into the matter.
This is as the Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, has sent a high powered delegation to condole with the government and people of Gombe State over the death of members of Boys’ Brigade of ECWA Church, Bamusa, Barunde, Madaki, and St Peter’s Anglican Church in the State in which an NSCDC official and a Police Officer were involved.
DCP Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, in a statement, Monday, said “the accident occurred along Gombe-Biu road. Eye-witness accounts reveal that the accident occurred as a result of loss of control of the vehicle by the driver while driving along Gadan Malale and heading towards central round about, and on reaching a point at Unguwan waja, rammed into a procession of crowd evidently celebrating Easter.
“With assistance of the policemen from Gombe Division, the victims were immediately rushed to Gombe Specialist Hospital where the driver, one Corp Assistant Adamu Abdullahi, a staff of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to Government House Gombe and 10 others were confirmed dead and their bodies deposited at the morgue while thirty (30) other persons injured are currently receiving treatment.
“Gombe Commissioner of Police visited the scene of the accident to have an on -the-spot assessment as well as the hospital to monitor the treatment of the victims.
“The IGP, while condoling the families and friends of the dead and the injured victims, has advised motorists to exercise utmost caution by obeying all traffic signs, rules and regulations while driving especially this festive period and beyond.”
A statement from the NSCDC said that the Commandant General, who is abroad attending an International Civil Defence Meeting has ordered investigation into the tragedy and ordered the Commandant of the Corps in the state to take necessary actions, while assuring the public “of his readiness to personally handle the case on his return from his official trip.”
Chairman of the Gombe State Battalion Brigade of the Boys Brigade (BB), Isaac Kwadang had told reporters that he was told by eye witnesses that the incident occurred around 11:30pm Sunday night and that the Civil Defense officer involved, in the company his Police Officer friend had met the procession while passing and after exchanging words with the youths, passed them, only to turn around, put off his car’s full lights and ram into them from behind, killing eight on the spot and wounding many.
Kwadang had stated further that the youths, who had been on their usual Easter rally in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, chased after the security officers, caught and lynched them.