Two policemen have died in a Thursday accident involving the convoy of Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Bello Matawalle.
The accident that occurred along Funtua/Gusau road around 6pm claimed the lives of Police Inspector Aminu Usman and Sergeant Nura Mohammed, who were attached to the governor’s convoy.
Director-General on Press Affairs to the governor, Yusuf Idris, confirmed the development to newsmen, noting that the two policemen died at the scene of the incident.
According to him, the policemen escorted the governor to Abuja on a five-day official trip before the incident.
Idris stated that while Matawalle’s entourage was returning from the trip, one of the vehicles in his convoy had a fault in Zaria, Kaduna.
“The two policemen were among the seven persons left behind to oversee the repairs of the broken down vehicle before coming to Gusau.
“About two hours later, however, the sad news was brought to the governor that those left behind were involved in the crash while driving in a heavy downpour and that the two policemen had died.
“Amidst tears, the governor directed the evacuation of the wounded persons from Funtua General Hospital where they were receiving treatment to a referral hospital for better care under the supervision of the governor’s personal physician.
“The Doctor was also directed to update the governor on the progress of the treatment,” Idris said.
The governor’s aide disclosed that one of the victims escaped unhurt from the accident while the other four persons sustained injuries.
He added that the state government would offset the medical bills of injured victims, stressing that the governor had condoled with relatives of the deceased.