Two supporters of Vice-President Namadi Sambo on Friday died on Airport Road in Kaduna when a bus in which they were travelling crashed.
The crash, in which some other occupants of the bus sustained varying degrees of injury, occurred around 5.30pm, few minutes after they welcomed Sambo at the airport.
The vice-president was in Kaduna for the Peoples Democratic Party’s North-West reconciliation meeting scheduled for Saturday (today).
“The supporters were among those that went to the Kaduna Airport to welcome Vice-President Namadi Sambo. Two of them died on the spot but the injured ones were taken to the 44 Army Reference Hospital,” a source said.
The dead persons were said to have been buried according to Islamic rites on Friday.
When contacted, Special Adviser to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Umar Sani, said, “Those involved in the autocrash were supporters who came to welcome the vice-president at the airport. They are not among the vice-president convoy.”
A government official told newsmen that the state government would pick the medical bills of the injured persons.
Efforts to the reach the Director-General, Media and Public Affairs to the state governor, Ahmed Mayaike, proved abortive as calls to his phones did not connect.