More than 20 persons were crushed to death on Saturday night in Iworoko Ekiti, by a truck conveying branded rice linked to a politician.
The truck belonged to the Dangote Group and was transiting from Ado Ekiti to Iju/Ita Ogbolu in Ondo State to deliver the rice.
It was learnt that 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.
The scene of the accident was a stone-throw from the Ekiti State University.
An eye witness stated that the driver of the truck lost control of the wheels and rammed into the people.
The eye witness said that the lorry was conveying rice branded with ‘Senator Tayo Alasoadura for Senate 2019’.
Narrating the incident, he 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.
“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.