The convoy of Borno state governor Kashim Shettima was involved in a road crash on Friday, March 10.
According to the report, the crash led to the death of Shettima’s senior special assistant on intergovernmental affairs Farouk Farouk.
The accident occurred along the Abuja Kaduna expressway, a source told The Cable.
A driver, who sustained injuries in the accident, has reportedly been taken to the hospital.
It could be immediately confirmed the governor was on his way to welcome the president who returned to the country after around 49 days on vacation in London, United Kingdom.
But an aide said Shettima arrived in Kaduna at about 4pm aboard a Medview airline flight to head to Abuja when the ugly incident occurred.
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Shettima was not among the governors who were with Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja.
“Only the Hilux carrying the deceased was involved in the accident. Three persons survived the accident,” the governor’s aide said.
”The Prado was said to be coming from the opposite lane (from Abuja) and decided to make a fast U-turn onto the road leading to Abuja from Kaduna.
“The pilot leading the governor’s convoy was said to have avoided the Prado while the ill-fated vehicle next to him tried dodging towards the right, but the vehicle skidded off the road and the driver lost control resulting in the Hilux turning upside down as a result of which occupants sustained various degrees of injuries.
“The deceased, aged 45 years, was said to have been thrown out the vehicle following which he sustained internal injuries.
“Governor Shettima led the convoy back to Kaduna and the victims were first taken to St Gerald hospital where the governor’s aide was pronounced dead on arrival in the presence of Mr. Shettima,” he added
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force has beefed up security on the Kaduna-Abuja highway to protect lives and properties of road users and residents.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Inspector-General of Police on Friday, March 10 announced the deployment of 350 armed personnel to provide security along Kaduna-Abuja Highway.