3 People Feared Dead, 14 Missing After Bus Swerves into River Rijana in Kaduna


While Kaduna struggles with earthquake threats, River Rijana Kaduna claims the life of three bus passengers, while 14 of them are missing in the same river.

The sad incident occurred around 11 pm on Tuesday 20th September, along the Kaduna-Abuja road, where an 18-seater bus fell into River Rijana. The Kaduna Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has confirmed the death of three persons and are still in search of 14 others.

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The Sector’s Head of Operations, Mr Salisus Galadunci told News men on Wednesday that the 18 persons in the bus belonged to one family wand they were returning to Lokoja from Kano. According to him, only one person survived the accident, adding that the three bodies were recovered from the river.

“An 18-seater bus travelling to Lokoja from Kano plunged into River Rijana with about 18 persons, all related, returning from Sallah break. The incident was reported by the only survivor, a woman who manage to report to an FRSC ambulance stationed at Doka unit, along Kaduna-Abuja expressway, around 7 am on Wednesday.

“Rescuers from FRSC Doka, Katari and Kakau were immediately dispatched with ambulances, and with support of local divers to search for survivors. Eventually, only three bodies were recovered, while the remaining persons could not be found, including the survivor’s daughter,” he said.

The survivor explained that the accident happened in a flash, and attributed it to highspeed and fatigue on the driver’s part. The road marshal said that the recovered bodies have been buried by the river side by villagers, who continue to make efforts to find the 14 missing persons.

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Meanwhile, the federal government of Nigeria has been warned by the Nigerian Association of Water-Well Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP) to make emergency plans to first evacuate people living in Kwoi town Kaduna, where slight tremor has been occurring in the past few days, and then make plans to prepare for the disaster when it finally happens.