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Nine passengers die after vehicle plunge into Kano dam

No fewer than nine persons were said to have drowned and three others were rescued when an overloaded vehicle plunged into a dam in Kano State.

As gathered, the accident occurred when the car’s tyre burst, forcing it to veer off the road and plunge into Fada Dam, 60 kilometres (37 miles) outside Kano metropolis.

The Kano fire service spokesman. Saminu Abdullahi, who confirmed the tragedy to newsmen on Sunday, added that efforts were ongoing to rescue the others in the state.

Abdullahi said that nine bodies were recovered and conveyed to Gwarzo General Hospital in Kano where they were pronounced dead by medical experts at the facility.

In a statement released on Sunday, the fire service spokesperson said that three other passengers were rescued with the help of local fishermen after the vehicle plunged into the dam.

Abdullahi added that the passengers were heading to neighbouring Katsina state when the accident happened.

Accidents are frequent on Nigeria’s poorly maintained roads due largely to speeding and disregard of traffic rules.

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