Kaduna State Government says twelve persons were killed as a result of a fatal road accident along Abuja – Kaduna highway this morning while 25 persons were injured.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan says those injured are now receiving treatment in hospital adding that several livestock also perished in the accident.

“The Kaduna State Government has received a report from security agencies on a fatal road traffic crash which occurred this morning at kilometer 26 of the Kaduna-Abuja highway”.

According to the statement, the crash which involved a trailer was caused by a combination of speeding, road defects, driving against the direction of traffic, and loss of control.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed sadness at the report of the fatal accident and commiserated with the families of the deceased while wishing the injured quick recovery.

The Governor further enjoined citizens plying the highway to desist from dangerous and potentially disastrous practices like speeding, overloading, reckless driving and driving against the flow of traffic, which was prohibited by the Kaduna State Government a week ago.

The statement explains that, the Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, led extensive patrols along the Kaduna-Abuja highway to enforce compliance with the ban on driving against the direction of traffic.

“A crane was deployed to retrieve two dead bodies mutilated and trapped underneath the wreckage of the trailer”.

The scene of the crash has been cleared up, and security agencies have ensured normal movement of traffic along the route.