Four policemen have died while 30 others were severely injured in a fatal motor accident that occurred along Unguwar Rogo Area in Sokoto Metropolis. Mr. Ibrahim Abaras, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Sokoto State Command, who confirmed this to newsmen on Tuesday, said the accident occurred at about 7.30 p.m on Monday.
Abaras said the victims were all newly recruited officers who were participating in a training at the Police College, Sokoto. According to him, they were returning from a shooting range exercise at Kware Local Government Area when the incident occurred near that State History Bureau. The PPRO said the dead bodies were handed over to their respective families and were buried accordingly.
Abaras added that the injured were being hospitalised at Usman Danfodio Teaching Hospital, Police Clinic and Kware Nueropsychiatric Hospital, all in Sokoto. According to him, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Muhammad Abdulkadir, Deputy Gov. Ahmad Aliyu, Commissioners, some government officials as well as community members participated in evacuating the victims to hospitals and funerals. He added that state government had offered to provide the necessary logistical support to the victims, describing the incident as the first of its kind in Sokoto State.