At least twelve people have died in a fatal auto crash in Nigeria’s middle belt state of Kogi.
The accident, which happened on Sunday on the Obajana-Lokoja Expressway of the state, also left six people with varying degree of severe injuries.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Abuja Command, Public Education Officer, ACM Bisi Kazeem, confirmed the incident and the number of casualties.
In a statement issued in Abuja and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, he said the crash occurred at about 10.30pm.
He added that the incident involved a Toyota Hiace Bus with Reg. No. MKA515ZD and a Sono Truck.
He said that all 18 passengers in the bus were male adults.
He blamed the cause of the crash on “speed violation”, leading to the loss of control by the drivers of the vehicles.
Kazeem quoted the FRSC Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, as calling on motorists and other road users to “avoid driving against the stipulated speed limit on all roads”.
Biu said that observing the speed limit would help drastically reduce road crashes.