#EkitiMourns: Many Feared Dead as Truck Carrying APC-Branded Rice Rams Into Ekiti Market (Photos)
More than 20 persons were crushed to death on Saturday night in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, by a truck conveying branded rice linked to a politician.
It was gathered that the truck, which was loaded the branded bags of rice of the Senator Representing Ondo Central Senatorial District, Tayo Alasoadura (APC) killed over 20 people after a suspected break failure.
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.
Sympathisers, fire fighters, officers of road safety and the police engaged in the rescue operations which lasted till midnight.
According to SaharaReporters, an eyewitness, Titilayo Ayelola, stated that the driver of the truck lost control of the wheels and rammed into the market killing several people.
Speaking about 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.”
Bodies of the victims have been deposited in the mortuary.