Witnesses confided in the Nigerian Tribune that three confessional policemen, three mobile policemen, one member of the civil defence corps, as well as one official of the state branch of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and six civilians were seriously injured, and were currently receiving treatment at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Umar Shehu, who confirmed the incident on Tuesday, said the state government had since released funds for the treatment of all the victims. He said some of the victims have been discharged but those who have serious fracture were still at the hospital.
According to him, the accident happened when the vehicle of a prison officer ran into the convoy of the president and collided with one of the riders, who somersaulted and thereafter ran into the crowd.
“They are all responding to treatment at the hospital. Some have fractures on their legs. The prison officer sustained minor injury. He is still in police custody while investigation is ongoing,” he said.
It will be recalled that the president was in Lafia for the inauguration of the newly constructed Federal High Court and Ta’al Model School constructed by the present administration in the state. He was represented by Vice-President Namadi Sambo.