Niger State Governor’s Wife Injured As VIP Stand Collapses During TAN Rally in Minna
Hajiya Jumai Babangida Aliyu, the wife of Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, sustained injuries yesterday at the North-Central zonal rally of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) in Minna, when the VIP stand of the rally collapsed.
The rally was part of the nationwide efforts to drum up support to get president Goodluck Jonathan to declare interest for the 2015 presidential election.
While Governor Babangida Aliyu, deputy governor of Kogi, Yomi Awoniyi and deputy governor of Sokoto, Muktar Shagari, the Secretary to the Federal government, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Ministers of Information, Water Resources, Internal Affairs, National Planning and Minister of State FCT were also seated at the stand were lucky to have escaped unhurt, the wife of the governor and some other were not so lucky.
Among others injured were her protocol officer, the Senator-Elect for Niger East Senatorial zone, Dr. Shem Zagbayi Nuhu, Director General of Protocol, Captain M. Baro, Director General Public Affairs, Alhaji Tanko dada, some protocol and detail officers attached to some dignitaries were not lucky.
They sustained various degrees of injuries.
The affected persons were rushed in National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) ambulances to a Bay Clinic (a private hospital) and General Hospital in Minna.
The development forced many delegates to head for their vehicles while the organisers continued to address a very scanty audience compared with the crowd before the collapse.
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