Seven dead, 29 injured at Calabar carnival – FRSC
The Federal Road Safety Corps has confirmed seven people dead and 29 injured in an incident that occurred during Calabar‘s annual carnival on Tuesday.
Corps Sector Commander Maikano Hassan confirmed the number of casualties to the Nigerian News Agency.
He said the incident happened in front of the Jumat Mosque in Bogobiri in the capital city of Cross River during the Bikers Carnival activity of the carnival.
Hassan listed the number of injured to include 21 adult men, three women, two boys and three girls.
He said the injured were taken to the Naval hospital and Calabar University Teaching Hospital for medical attention.
He said that the remains of the dead had been deposited in the two hospitals in Calabar.
According to him, the incident occurred when a Toyota Camry car lost control and struck a crowd of spectators during the carnival.
NAN reports that the incident brought an abrupt end to the activity on day five, where the governor of the state, Professor Ben Ayade, was already seated with other dignitaries.
It should be remembered that the annual carnival that began during the administration of Donald Duke, has not been held for the last two years.
The carnival was called off in 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, while no reason was given for the carnival not to take place in 2021.
NAN reports that efforts were still being made to set up some facilities for the hastily assembled 2022 edition of the carnival.
Meanwhile, Governor Ayade expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and vowed to prosecute the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident.
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