THE Kaduna State Government and the Police command in the state have disagreed over the cause of death of 16 travellers in the state.
This followed the death of 16 indigenes of Dambatta Local Government Area of Kano on Thursday, who were returning to their state from Abuja.
The Kano State government had said the travellers died on the Abuja-Kaduna Highway, as a result of an attack from unidentified gunmen.
In their separate reactions, the Kaduna State Police Command faulted the position of the Kano State government.
In a statement released today, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna, Samuel Aruwan, described the statement credited to Kano State as incorrect and misleading.
He insisted that the Kano indigenes perished in a road accident and were not killed by gunmen on the Kaduna-Abuja Road.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna, Muhammad Jalige, also said in a statement that the travellers had a fatal road accident at the Rigachukun area along the Kaduna-Zaria expressway.
He stated that the driver of the commercial hummer bus conveying the travellers lost control and the vehicle fell into a ditch.
“The Command expresses its deepest condolences to the government and good people of Kano State on the unfortunate incident and prayed God to give repose to the souls of the deceased and give their immediate family the fortitude to bear the irreparable lost.
“It is with the deepest sense of responsibility that the command is responding to the misinformation making round in public domain attributing the unfortunate incident to killing by unknown gunmen,” the command spokesman said.
According to Jalige, nine passengers died on the spot while 10 others who sustained varying degrees of injury were immediately rushed to a hospital in Kaduna metropolis.
He noted that seven more passengers who were critically injured died while receiving treatment at the medical facility.