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17 Feared Dead As 18-Seater Bus Falls Into River Rijana On Kaduna-Abuja Road

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September 21, 2016 – 17 Feared Dead As 18-Seater Bus Falls Into River Rijana On Kaduna-Abuja Road

The Kaduna Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has confirmed the death of three persons and declared 14 others missing after an 18-seater bus plunged into River Rijana on Kaduna-Abuja road. The Sector’s Head of Operations, Mr Salisus Galadunci said that the accident occurred around 11 pm on Tuesday.

Galadunci told NAN on Wednesday in Kaduna that the 18 persons, who were from one family, were returning to Lokoja from Kano when the accident occurred.

According to him, only one person survived the accident, adding that three bodies were recovered from the river.

“An 18-seater bus travelling to Lokoja from Kano plunged into River Rijana with about 18 persons, all related, returning from Sallah break.

“The incident was reported by the only survivor, a woman who manage to report to an FRSC ambulance stationed at Doka unit, along Kaduna-Abuja expressway, around 7 am on Wednesday.

“Rescuers from FRSC Doka, Katari and Kakau were immediately dispatched with ambulances, and with support of local divers to search for survivors.

“Eventually, only three bodies were recovered, while the remaining persons could not be found, including the survivor’s daughter,” he said.

He further said that the survivor explained that the accident happened in a flash, and attributed it to over speeding and fatigue.

The road marshal said that the recovered bodies have been buried by the river side by villagers, as efforts continue to rescue the 14 missing persons.




  1. D Hunter

    September 21, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    This what happen when a river goddess is in need of your bus.
    R I P to the dead.


  2. Big Aunty Koks

    September 21, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Devastating news. May God console the survivor and other members of her family!

    RIP to the dead !!!

  3. Keeping it real

    September 21, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Terrible terrible news. RIP to the dead.

  4. fifelomo

    September 21, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Not a pleasant new at all, rip to the dead.

  5. Gossip Chef

    September 21, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    May their souls rest in peace. Amen!

  6. Tendy

    September 22, 2016 at 6:15 AM

    My goodness, and what happens to those who can’t swim?
    RIP to d lives lost.
    May God save us from untimely death IJN

  7. sola olaniyi

    September 22, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    sad…may their souls rest in peace

  8. peter ihuoma

    September 26, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    so bad may there soul rest in peace ijn

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