Seven people were killed and twenty-nine injured at Calabar Carnival on Tuesday when a car lost control and ran into a crowd of onlookers, said the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
The sector Commander of the Corps Maikano Hassan confirmed the number of casualties to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He said that the incident occurred in front of the Jumat Mosque in Bogobiri, Calabar, during the Bikers Carnival activity of the carnival.
According to him, the injured include 21 male adults, three women, two male children and three female children. He said they were rushed to the Naval Hospital and the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital for medical attention. The remains of the dead has been deposited in the two hospitals, he said.
Mr. Hassan said the incident occurred when a Toyota Camry car lost control and rammed into a crowd of onlookers during the carnival. This brought the carnival to a sudden halt.
NAN Report says Cross River Governor, Ben Ayade, was already seated with other dignitaries when the incident happened. The Governor has sent his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and promised to bring the driver to justice.
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