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13 die in fiery inferno as digger
hits bus in Nigeria: police

2018-08-10

AFP

Lagos, Aug 10 :  Thirteen people burnt to death when a bus burst into flames after a head-on collision with a digger near Nigeria's oil hub of Port Harcourt, police said today.

"A pail loader (digger) skidded off the road and had a head-on collision with an oncoming bus," Rives state police spokesman NnamdiOmoni told AFP.

He said the bus had left Port Harcourt for Lagos yesterday morning with the driver and 13 passengers on board.

"The bus went up in flames and all except one person were burnt beyond recognition," he said.

The survivor, who sustained severe burns, was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Accidents are common on Nigeria's poorly maintained inter-city roads due to speeding, disregard for traffic regulations and the fact that many vehicles are not road-worthy.

In June, 12 people died when a petrol tanker caught fire and exploded on one of the busiest roads in Nigeria's commercial hub, Lagos.

filed by the Kodungallur Film Society filed through lawyer P V Dinesh seeking enforcement of the apex court's directions passed in 2009 in one of the verdicts.

Issuing a slew of directions, the apex court had said in 2009 that organisers of any protests shall be personally held accountable for the loss of private and public property in the stir.

The bench had also ordered police authorities to videograph such protests so accountability could be fixed.

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