The Bauchi State police command has confirmed the death of thirteen persons following a fatal motor vehicles accident on Sunday, March 31.
According to the command’s spokesperson, DSP Kamal Abubakar, the accident occurred at about noon along the Bauchi-Gombe road.
Abubakar stated that a bus loaded with 13 passengers and a Toyota Camry loaded with 6 passengers were involved in a head-on collision.
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He said all 19 persons were hurt in varying degrees and were immediately moved from the scene by security agents with the assistance of good Samaritans to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital for treatment.
However, on getting to the hospital, 13 passengers were confirmed dead by a medical doctor while six others survived and are still on admission.
Amongst those who lost their lives was a family of four.
Family members confirmed that a man, his wife, and two children were involved in the crash. They also affirmed that a sister to the man in question also perished in the accident.
The funeral prayer was held for the deceased on Sunday evening according to Islamic rites.
Meanwhile, up until the time of filing this report, names and address of some of the victims were still unknown.
The command has called on members of the public whose family member(s) traveled along that road and are still unable to reach them to check at the ATBU Teaching Hospital.
The Bauchi State Police Command has appointed Mr. Garba Baba Umar as the newly Police Commissioner, that would steer the affairs of the command in protecting lives and properties, as well as combat crime and criminal elements in the state.
Umar was received by senior police officers and was subsequently led to the State Headquarters where he took time to inspect the sentry guard mounted by officers of the Bauchi Police Command.
He thereafter proceeded to meet the various Departmental Heads before addressing journalists on his mission in combating crime through community policing and dialogue.
In performing what could be described as his first official assignment, the Police Commissioner alongside other senior officers decorated 12 newly promoted officers and charges them to be of good conduct in performing their professional duties.
This is the first assignment the police officer will be undertaking as a Commissioner of Police having served in various capacities with his last as Deputy Commissioner in charge of monitoring the police force headquarters.
However, the commissioner called on citizens, especially political and religious leaders not to abuse the privilege of freedom of speech and association by inciting the public through their utterances.
The Bauchi state police command in its efforts towards fighting crime and criminal activities, has launched the ‘change begins with me’ campaign and public complaint rapid response unit, to take care of complaints from the public.
This according to the force is to fight against police professional misconduct, emanating from policing activities and operations.
As the festive season approaches with the accompanying high rate of criminal activities during the period, the state police has decided to put some strategies in place that would curtail crime rate in the state.
Other activities at the launch included the unveiling of suggestion boxes at strategic locations, which would give members of the public, opportunity to provide useful information that will be treated with confidentiality.
Also a road walk was organized to campaign for attitudinal change on zero tolerance to corruption and quality services delivery from the police force.
The police commissioner accompanied by other security agent chiefs in the state, members of the police community relations committee, National Union of Road Transport Workers and the civil society, embarked on the walk, across the Bauchi metropolis.
They were seen carrying placards with various inscriptions on attitudinal change, zero tolerance to corruption, quality service delivery, among others.
The force has emphasized the need to build public confidence, by also encouraging synergy with other security agents in fighting crime; a move considered to indeed be a step in the right direction.