By Bukar Bolori
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has ordered an immediate investigation into the cause road accident that killed “four personnel” of the Service on Sunday.
Four members of the NIS band were reportedly killed on Abuja-Kaduna-Kano highway while returning from Kano where they had gone to entertain at an official function.
Briefing the press on the incident in Abuja on Monday, the Service Public Relations Officer, Dr Dotun Aridegbe, confirmed the death of four personnel of the Service in the accident, saying it involved 11 personnel.
He said: “An immediate investigation has been ordered by the Acting CGI to ascertain the remote cause of the accident.
“We are committed to understanding the circumstances that led to this tragic event and will take appropriate measures to prevent such incidents in the future.
He said the 11 personnel were returning to Abuja from an official assignment in Kano, in an eighteen-seater official bus when they got involved in the ghastly accident a few kilometres from Kano.
He lamented that: “As a result, four of our personnel lost their lives. Seven of our colleagues who sustained various degrees of injuries are currently receiving treatment at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano.”
Aridegbe said arrangements for the burials of the dead personnel were being organized with utmost care and respect.
He said the Acting Comptroller General of Immigration, Caroline Adepoju, has “directed all Commands and Formation Heads to fly our flag at half-mast for the next seven days.
“We will observe a three-day mourning period in honour and memory of our fallen colleagues.”