Eight staff of Yobe College of Education, Gashua, died on Saturday in a motor accident along Bayamari-Dapchi federal highway, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports.

NAN gathered that the eight non-academic staff, including the driver, were travelling from Gashua to Damaturu in the college bus to attend a promotion examination.

The survivors of the accident said the vehicle had a burst tyre, which forced it to somersault several times, thereby killing eight people while five others sustained injuries.

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The provost of the college, Muhammad Gishiwari, who confirmed the accident, said it was a huge loss to the college.

Meanwhile, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe has described the death of the staff as a great loss to the state, their families and the country.

Mr. Gaidam prayed for the repose of the departed souls and a quick recovery for the injured people.