Seventeen youths from Kano State have died in an auto crash along Zaria-Kano Highway.
The accident, it was gathered, occurred Saturday evening, June 5, when they were returning from wedding of their friend in Zaria, Kaduna state.
The victims who of them were siblings travelled in a Kano Line bus and a RAV 4 car.
Sadiq Abdullahi, a friend to one of the deceased, Umar Abba-Sheriff, who confirmed the incident said Sheriff died on the spot along with 11 of the victims while the remaining six passed away in a hospital.
Abdullahi said eight of them were from Sani Mainagge area of Gwale Local Government Area of the state.
The remains of seven of the victims were laid to rest around 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 6, at Yan Hayis Cementry in Sani Mainagge Quarters.
Meanwhile, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has condoled with the deceased families.
A statement signed by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, expressed his shock over the death of the young men.
“Their death came as shocking to us. This is a great loss not only to their families or to the people of Sani Mainagge, of Gwale local government where they came from, but to all of us, the government and the people of Kano state,” the statement reads.
The Governor said the accident was an act of Allah, Alone, “Only Him can forgive them abundantly. We are therefore praying to Allah Almighty to grant them Jannatul Fiddaus.
”May He forgive their wrongdoings and may He give their families the fortitude to bear the loss,” he prayed.
“I am therefore, on behalf of the government and people of Kano state, commiserating with their families, people of Sani Mainagge, Gwale Local government Area, friends and well wishers. Ours is to continue praying for the departed souls. Allahu Akbar,” the governor added