The remains of Alhaji Suleiman Jibril, the late deputy manager, Finance of the Kaduna Petrochemical Refining Company, have been recovered, 11 days after he died in an auto crash.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Jibril died when the car he was travelling in plunged into a river at Jere Bridge along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway.
The accident occurred on Friday August 31, at about 8.30p.m. and involved Jibril, his nephew, Omeizah, and the driver, Dahiru.
The driver’s body was found two days later, six kilometres from the crash scene of the accident.
Jibril’s body was found strapped in the vehicle with a seat belt in the passenger’s front seat inside the mangled Toyota Hilux van that was lifted from the bridge by a crane at about 12:15p.m on Monday.
The remains of Jibril’s nephew, Omeizah, are yet to be recovered as he was not found inside the vehicle they were travelling in.The Public Affairs Manager of KPRC, Alhaji Abdullahi Idris, had told NAN at the scene of the incident that the driver’s body had been taken to Zaria, his hometown, where he was buried.
The vehicle was discovered by the combined efforts of experts from Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority, professional divers from Warri in Delta State and local fishermen from Jere town.
Idris said the crane used was reinforced before they were able to get the vehicle out, adding that the operation was successful as they were able to get the vehicle out with the body.
He said the agencies involved in the search and rescue had been urging people living along the bank of the river to be on the lookout for the remaining body.
Eyewitnesses said the Hilux van plunged into the river while trying to manoeuvre between two articulated vehicles on the bridge.
The remains of Jibril have been buried after he was identified by his first son.