Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has condoled with the families of all the deceased who lost their lives following a ghastly auto accident near Chafe Town in the state.
In a statement on Thursday, the governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Zailani Bappa, said the governor had also directed for the observance of a three-day mourning in honour of the departed souls.
According to him, Mr Matawalle also directed that all flags should fly at half-mast.
The statement noted that the accident occurred on Wednesday, August 26, around 5:30PM when a truck lost control and crushed four saloon cars, killing about 17 passengers on the spot.
“The accident occurred a few minutes after Governor Bello Mohammed had passed the point on his way back to Gusau from Abuja where he met with President Muhammadu Buhari on an official appointment.
“Governor Bello Mohammed received information of the accident before reaching Gusau and he immediately returned to the scene and ordered for the quick conveyance of the corpses to Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital in Gusau.”
Visibly worried, the Governor, according to the statement, “directed for immediate contact with the families of the victims and ordered all his staff to gather at the Hospital early the following day for a befitting burial to the deceased”.
The statement added that the victims had since been accorded befitting burial attended by hundreds of people according to Islamic injunctions.