No fewer than three people lost their lives in a very fatal accident which involved a black Toyota Corolla car with number plate FGB 940 AA, and a blue truck with number plate LND 274 XP and happened in the Olokuta area on the Ondo-Akure Expressway in the Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State.
There are suspicions that the victims of the accident were a couple and their son even though their identities remain unknown as at the time of this report. The driver of the truck reportedly absconded immediately after the accident.
An eyewitness said that the accident happened around 8 pm was a head-on collision because both vehicles were heading in opposite directions.
In his words, “We heard a loud sound and when we got to the scene, we saw the car under the truck; it took the efforts of the men of the Federal Road Safety Corps to remove the trapped victims under the truck.”
When contacted, the Sector Commander of the FRSC in Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Adeleye, confirmed the accident, saying the driver of one of the vehicles lost control and collided with the other coming in the opposite direction. He said, “Three people died in the accident – a man, a woman and a boy – while the driver of the truck could not be found. It was the car that swerved off its lane to collide with the truck that was coming from the other direction.”
The FRSC boss also stated that the remains of the victims had been deposited in the mortuary of the Ondo State Specialists Hospital, Akure.
Meanwhile, the joint task force of security agencies in Ondo State, on Tuesday, arrested six persons at Emure Ile in the Owo Local Government Area of the state. The task force, which is made up of the police, the army and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, said the suspects were arrested around 3am on Tuesday, while coming from the northern part of the country.
Parading the suspects at the headquarters of the Ondo State Police Command, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Femi Joseph, said they were arrested following a tip-off, adding that they were suspected kidnappers. According to him, some dangerous weapons found in the suspects’ possession, include 16 locally-made guns, 17 cutlasses, 13 knives and charms while adding that seven mobile telephone handsets and the sum of N27,820 were also found on the suspects.
Joseph said, “The joint task force code named: ‘Operation Crime Free’, acting on a tip-off, arrested six suspected kidnappers at Emure junction via Owo, where they had gathered together in a suspicious manner. They also had some food items, pieces of clothing and items suspected to be charms. They could not give satisfactory accounts of their mission even though they claimed to be coming from Kebbi State.”
The PPRO said the command had commenced investigation into the matter. He then urged residents of the state to always supply security agents with useful information on the activities of hoodlums in their environment, adding that the issue of security should not be left in the hands of the security agents alone.
Barely six days after 15 persons were crushed to death in an auto crash in Iworoko Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun local government area of Ekiti State, the monarch of the Community, Oba Michael Oluwafemi Aladejana, has passed on. Adejana, who was in his 80s, died in the early hours of Wednesday at an undisclosed hospital in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti capital.
He had welcomed the state Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, on Sunday on a condolence visit to his palace.
The fatal accident had involved an articulated vehicle carrying branded campaign rice for a serving senator in Ondo State. Fifteen persons were confirmed dead, including a yet to be identified NYSC member.
No fewer than four houses and adjoining lock-up shops were also destroyed as the vehicle swerved off the road and crashed into a busy night market, throwing the entire community into mourning. The driver of the ill-fated vehicle was said to have lost control following brake failure which resulted in the tragedy.
At about 3:00 p.m on Wednesday, it was observed that the traditional rites had already begun with the cutting of sacred trees and blocking of the dual carriage Ado-Iworoko-Ifaki highway. Some of the youths and other age groups in the town described the passage of the monarch as a double tragedy. Others trooped to the streets, killing house pets like goats and sheep sighted roaming about as tradition demanded.
One of the prominent indigenes of the town, who craved anonymity, said Saturday ’s accident may have affected the health of the old monarch.
“Our monarch was rushed to the hospital after the accident apparently as a result of the shock. Though he had been battling with health issues, that incident really made the situation worse for him. When the news of the deaths filtered into town, he was said to have been devastated and the family had to rush him to the hospital early on Sunday. He was said to have improved on Monday before there was a relapse on Tuesday, resulting in his death on Wednesday.”
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