The acting Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mrs Caroline Adepoju, on Monday, ordered an immediate investigation into the cause of Sunday’s auto accident that killed at least four personnel of the service.
This is as seven injured personnel are undergoing treatment at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano and burial arrangements are underway for the departed persons.
The NIS Public Relations Officer, Dotun Aridegbe while briefing newsmen at the Service Headquarters in Abuja, said the CGI also declared three days of mourning even as flags will fly at half mast in all commands nationwide.
“The acting Comptroller General of Immigration, Caroline Adepoju, is deeply grieved by this loss and is personally extending her condolences and support to the families of the deceased. The Service stands firmly with those left behind by their breadwinners during this distressing period”, he said.
“An immediate investigation has been ordered by the Acting CG to ascertain the remote cause of the accident. We are committed to understanding the circumstances that led to this tragic event and will take appropriate measures to prevent such incidents in the future.”
It was reported that a Nissan 18-seater bus with plate number ‘Immigration HQ, 1001S’ conveying mostly members of the service’s musical band from Kano to Abuja lost control after suffering a tyre burst.
The crew had accompanied the acting Comptroller-General of Immigration to Kano State for the Presidential Commissioning and Passing Out Parade of the 48th Superintendent Basic Course 2023 at the Immigration Training School in Kano on Saturday.
The accident, which happened along the Kano-Zaria Expressway on Sunday morning, left at least four persons dead, as confirmed by Dr Aridegbe on Monday.