By Rabiu Omaku
Information available to 247ureports.com through sources in Nasarawa State indicate that the convoy belonging to the state governor of Nasarawa State who had struck and killed 19 people in Nasarawa may have not been resolved.
The accident incident which occurred as a result of a head on collision between the Governor’s convoy and a commuter bus – carrying nineteen passengers along Keffi highway. The bus was struck by Bawa Ahmed, driver to Governor Al-Makura.
The Centre for Social Justice through it counsel, Kingsley Njoku stated that the victims of the brutal killing of 19 passengers in a commuter bus on 18/September/2012 at about 0900 hours with an official car (Toyota Hilux) with registration number NSGH 37 belonging to Governor Al-Makura and commuter bus with registration number 212 GWL.
The only survival out of the 19 commuters that perish in a ghastly motor accident, Ayuba Yakubu whose legs were amputated has been languishing in pain and agony in spite of the mouth-pouring promises by Governor Al-Makura to settle the hospital bills. This was confirmed by the counsel to Centre for Social Justice, Kingsley Njoku, a non-governmental organization while briefing Journalist at the premises of High court 2,Keffi Judicial Division.
Njoku said the driver to the Governor’s convey, Bawa Ahmed pleaded guilty for rough driving, an offence punishable to six months imprisonment with N3,000 default payment.
The counsel declared that a suit under file number CMCG/03cr/2012 against Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, Government of Nasarawa State, the state attorney General and commissioner of Justice and the driver of the convey, Bawa Ahmed – has been served as 1,2,3 and fourth respondent.
He further affirmed that the state Governor agreed to settled the hospital bills of Ayuba Yakubu who lost his legs in a road mishaps. He confirmed that the N4m charge as medical bill for Ayuba is yet to be settled by the state.
Saying Governor only paid N1m and pleaded for out of court settlement. The defendant stated that the offence was for causing death by dangerous driving which is contrary to section 27 of the 1999 constitution as amended.
Counsel to Centre for Social Justice continued that the state Governor’s action contravened the out of court settlement which was unanimously agreed upon by both the complainant and the defendant
Among the 19 passengers that died in the ill-fated accident are also two serving officers of the Nigeria Police including CPL Auwal Mohammed and Suleiman Yakubu all attached to Police Mobile Force.
All effort to speak to the counsel representing the state Government at High court 2 as at press time proved abortive as the counsel was not at the court premises to comment on the matter.