Kaduna Govt, Police say 16 Kano indigenes not killed by gunmen

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The vehicle conveying some Kano State indigenes from Abuja to Kano crashed on a highway in Kaduna State.

The Kaduna State government and the police command in the state have disagreed with the Kano State government over the 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 government and the police command faulted the position of the Kano State government.

In a statement on Friday, 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.

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