A truck belonging to the Dangote Group, driven by a motor boy, lost control and plunged into a house, killing three children and injuring their parents as they slept.
The incident occurred around 3 a.m. at No 162, Anguwar Juma, Zaria City.
A witness said that the truck driver lost control and rammed into the house of Mallam Abdu Zailani.
The deceased children were identified as Hadiza Haruna (14), Usman Haruna (9), and Saliha Haruna, while the injured mother was named as Rauhanatu Yusuf.
Sister of the injured man, Fatima Abdulkadir, recounted the horrifying moment, saying: “The incident occurred when we were all sleeping and suddenly heard a loud noise. We rushed to see what was happening and discovered that a truck had smashed into my brother’s room.”
The shocked family immediately sought help, recovering the lifeless bodies of the children and rushing the injured parents and another small boy to the hospital.
The truck driver, Mallam Abdullahi, was reportedly unaware that his 20-year-old conductor had taken the truck’s key and drove it with his friends when the accident happened.
He has since been arrested and is now in custody for interrogation, confirmed by the DPO of Zaria City, Kasim Abdul, who was at the scene.
A senior council member of the Zazzau Emirate and a neighbor to the victims, the Sarkin Fadan Zazzau, Alhaji Abas Ahmed Fatika, expressed his grief and pledged to ensure the culprit was brought to justice.
The tragedy has shaken the community and raised questions about the responsibility of the Dangote Group in ensuring the safety and proper management of their vehicles.
Source: City & Crime.