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Eighteen people were killed on Friday when a truck carrying goods and passengers overturned on a major highway in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the government confirmed.
The accident happened at Bulambika, on the highway linking Bukavu and Kisangani, in the northeast district of Bunyakiri.
“The official toll on the basis of the report from Bunyakiri is eighteen deaths,” Luke Mulimbalimba, interior minister of South Kivu province, told reporters.
He said 12 people were taken to hospital in Bukavu in a rescue operation involving two helicopters and three ambulances.
The accident happened because of the poor condition of the road, according to Jean Mwanuka, in charge of the administrative district of Bunyakiri.
Deadly road accidents are frequent in DRC, where excess speed, overloading and poor vehicle maintenance are also factors.
Nigerian Customs: Cars importation ban Remains.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has maintained that the ban on importation of used and new vehicles into the country through land borders remains.
The comptroller-general of customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd), said this on Monday, June 24, when he spoke at the official launch of a bilateral trade platform at Seme border.
a letter from our Editor-in-Chief Bayo Olupohunda According to Ali, the Nigeria Customs Service will not open land border for importation of used vehicles.
He, however, said the government was interested in the success of the connectivity platform that would facilitate border trade between Nigeria and Benin.
Ali urged that stakeholders should embrace the platform to enable the two countries to achieve seamless operations and trade facilitation as this would assist genuine traders.
“We are envisaging compliance, and we hope we get compliance; where individual decides not to comply, then the customs will ensure there is no illicit trafficking between the two countries,”
The NCS boss noted that through the platform, false declaration of goods and some other illegal activities, experienced due to manual operation, would stop.