A fatal motor accident has claimed the lives of seventeen young men from Kano State along Zaria-Kano highway.
According to reports, the accident had happened on Saturday evening, June 5 when the men were coming back after attending the wedding of their friend in Zaria, Kaduna State.
When the fatal accident occurred, the victims were riding in a Kano Line bus and a RAV 4 car.
Some of them are said to be brothers and sisters.
Sadiq Abdullahi, a friend of one of the deceased, Umar Abba-Sheriff, who confirmed the incident, stated that Sheriff died on the spot, along with 11 other victims, while the remaining six died in a hospital.
According to Abdullahi, eight of them were from the Sani Mainagge area of the state’s Gwale Local Government Area.
Around 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 6, the remains of seven of the victims were laid to rest at Yan Hayis Cementry in Sani Mainagge Quarters.
In the meantime, Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has expressed his condolences to the families of the 17 young men.
Ganduje expressed his shock over the deaths of the young men in a statement signed by Abba Anwar, the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary.
“Their death came as shocking to us. This is a great loss not only to their families or to the people of Sani Mainagge, of Gwale local government where they came from, but to all of us, the government and the people of Kano state,” the statement reads.
The Governor said that the accident was an act of Allah, Alone, “Only Him can forgive them abundantly. We are therefore praying to Allah Almighty to grant them Jannatul Fiddaus. May He forgive their wrongdoings and may He give their families the fortitude to bear the loss,” he prayed.”
“I am therefore, on behalf of the government and people of Kano state, commiserating with their families, people of Sani Mainagge, Gwale local government, friends and well wishers. Ours is to continue praying for the departed souls. Allahu Akbar.” he added