By Dipo Olowookere
A heavy-duty vehicle conveying some branded rice belonging to a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has crashed at a market in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
The unfortunate incident claimed several lives and destroyed properties worth millions of Naira at a market in the area.
According to reports, the truck belonging to Dangote Group was transporting the branded rice from Abuja en route the Ifaki-Iworoko road in Ado Ekiti. It was said to be transiting from Ado Ekiti to Iju/Ita Ogbolu in Ondo State to deliver the rice.
SaharaReporters said the trailer caused multiple accidents on Iworoko road, as it also affected an 18-seater Toyota bus and a Toyota Corrolla car, thereby causing heavy traffic.
Titilayo Ayelola, who witnessed the fatal accident, noted that the driver of the truck lost control of the wheels and rammed into the people.
Ayelola disclosed that the lorry was conveying rice branded with ‘Senator Tayo Alasoadura for Senate 2019’.
Narrating the incident, Ayelola said: “The driver of the truck lost control of the wheels and rammed into the market which was close to the road in Iworoko. Many traders, who were still selling at night, were affected. In fact, it ran into the popular barber’s shop close to the road and crushed everyone in the place to death.
“The trailer was conveying branded APC rice which belonged to Senator Tayo Alasoadura of Ondo State and while other were crying, some other persons were busy looting the rice.”
Caleb Ikechukwu, spokeperson of the Ekiti State Police Command, confirmed the accident via a phone interview with SaharaReporters.
“The accident actually happened at Iworoko road in Ado Ekiti just this evening and I heard that there were causalities, but I cannot give figures. I am yet to get proper briefing about it. I learnt that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of that area is now on his way to the scene. So, I cannot give you the details, until he is back to brief us,” he said. It was gathered that the corpses of those who lost their lives in the fatal accident have been deposited at the hospital’s morgue.
Business Post recalls that recently, the management of Dangote Group warned its drivers not to use the company’s vehicles to convey products not produced by the conglomerate. It is not certain if this truck driver got the approval of the company to convey the APC branded-rice to Ekiti State for the Senator.
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