No fewer than 37 people have reportedly lost their lives to an inferno that erupted during a head-on collision of vehicles along Maiduguri-Damaturu Road.
The Borno sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Utten Boyi, confirmed the death of 37 people to Newsmen.
Mr. Boyi told journalists in Maiduguri that the accident, which occurred on Tuesday, involved traveling passenger buses, one transiting from Abuja to Maiduguri and the other traveling from Maiduguri to Gaidam town in Yobe.
“The buses on speed caught fire after the collision. We counted 37 corpses, and most of them burnt beyond recognition.”
“The accident happened around Jakana village about 35 kilometers from Maiduguri,” Mr. Boyi said.
He mobilized personnel, in collaboration with the police, NEMA, and fire service, mobilized their personnel to evacuate the victims of the accident.
According to him, the police had obtained a court order to carry out a mass burial for the deceased.
A similar incident was recorded along the same road on Monday, involving a bus with 10 passengers where five of them lost their lives.