By Ike Uchechukwu, Calabar
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed late Tuesday that seven people were killed while 29 others were injured in the tragic incident that occurred during the Bikers parade – an integral part of the annual Calabar carnival held on Tuesday.
Corps sector commander Maikano Hassan, who confirmed the incident, said only seven people had been killed so far.
The accident, Vanguard learned, occurred in front of a mosque in Bogobiri along Mary Slessor during the Bikers Carnival.
The sector commander announced that the number of injured involved in the accident was 21 male adults, three females, two male children and three female children.
He said the injured were rushed to Calabar University Naval Hospital and Teaching Hospital and General Hospital for medical attention.
He further said that the remains of the dead have been deposited in mortuaries of two hospitals in Calabar.
He said: “The incident occurred when a Toyota Camry car lost control and drove into a crowd of spectators during the carnival.
“While the injured are being treated, the deceased have been deposited in the mortuary of the Naval Hospital and University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ben Ayade has expressed his condolences to the families of those who died and pledged to hold accountable the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident.
A statement from the special adviser to the media and chief press secretary, Barrister Christian Ita, said Governor Ayade is devastated by the incident and has ordered security forces to arrest the motorist who is on the run.
Ita said the governor had ordered the immediate halt to the Bikers parade honoring the victims of the accident.
However, Governor Ayade, who promised to ensure that the perpetrator is arrested and brought to justice, sued for calmness.
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