There was panic in the premises of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Jos, Plateau State when an articulated truck late Friday crashed into the fence of the apex bank.
Eyewitnesses told journalists that the vehicle was parked on the roadside leading to the CBN building by the Plateau Teaching Hospital when it rolled and crashed into the building.
According to one of the eyewitness, the driver was sleeping in the truck when the incident occurred and all his efforts to stop the truck proved abortive as he lost control as the steering and breaking system failed.
The vehicle with registration EPL 756 XD subsequently crashed into the CBN building with over 70 per cent of its goods destroyed and a large portion of the fence damaged.
While no life was lost in the incident, the trailer crashed into a Peugeot car belonging to Kanke Local Government mass transit.
The trailer, which belonged to the Qualitec Aluminium Industry Ltd., conveyed goods from the company in Lagos to Alumetal Nigeria Ltd., handling the roofing work at the on-going expansion of the CBN building.
The site engineer of Alumetal Nigeria Ltd., Mr. Musa Isiaka, said that his company would not take responsibility for the incidence as the goods had not yet reached its destination.
According to him all we will do is to gather all the needed information and send it to the trailer’s company in Lagos so as to make them act fast.
“We are doing this because our company and theirs are partners in business and the goods are from us; since we are on ground, if we don’t assist, it won’t augur well,’’ Isiaka said.
Already, the driver, whose name could not be ascertained as at press time was arrested by the police while the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Felicia Anselem, promised that “no stone will be left unturned to get to the root of the incident.”