By; DAHIRU SULEIMAN, Dutse
A combined team of police detectives have intercepted a truck of offloaded goods suspected to be palliatives meant for inhabitant’s of Jigawa State along Dutse- Kano Highway.
The intercepted lorry was apprehended around Karnaya village, outskirts of Dutse metropolis in Jigawa State.
According to an eye witness account, the suspected vehicle was among the smuggled palliatives lorries accused of moving the diverted public goods to Kano on different occasions.
Before the spate of insinuations as raised by members of the public, some top government functionaries in connivance with the state COVID- 19 task force were accused of diverting most of the palliatives meant for distribution to the victims of COVID-19 pandemic in the 27 LGA’s in Jigawa State.
Contacted for comment, the Jigawa State Police Command spokesman, SP Abdul Jinjiri, stated that there was a fatal motor vehicle accident along Kano- Maiduguri Road at Karnaya village carrying 158 bags of millet purchased by an individual merchant from Sara town in Gwaram LGA Jigawa sytate to Makarfi LGA in Kaduna State.
He denounced the notion that the vehicle was carrying palliatives as speculated, stressing that to the best of his knowledge, the lorry in question was not offloaded with palliatives, rather grains of 158 bags of millets, purchased by a private merchant.
According to him, the offloaded lorry had an accident with one Toyota Hilux while it diverted to one way road and suddenly the driver had an accident on head on collision with an opposite direction moving motor vehicle, a Toyota Hilux driven by one Unaru Mohammed of Federal INEC office Dutse where the driver sustained serious injuries, and later died at Rasheed Shekoni Hospital Dutse as confirmed by a competent doctor from the hospital.
SP Jinjiri further stated that the case was under investigation, after which they would charge the driver that caused the fatal accident to court if found guilty of offense for public prosecution.