Fifteen persons have reportedly died in an accident that occurred on Saturday night at a market in Iworoko Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of Ekiti State, South west Nigeria. A truck, conveying customized bags of rice with the picture and name of a senator in a neighboring state caused the accident. It was said to have crushed two other vehicles before ramming into shops.
The incident has thrown the community into mourning.
An eyewitness told newsmen that the truck lost control due to a brake failure at about 8.45 p.m.; he added that it crashed into three shops and crushed a mini commercial bus locally called “Akoto” with its passengers. One of the shops, a barbing saloon, had some residents and students charging their cell phones.
The strike by the Academic Union of Universities (ASUU) was said to have reduced the casualty figures as the affected area used to be densely populated with students when the school is session.
Angry Iworoko youths barricaded the dual carriageway that passes through the community.
Governor Kayode Fayemi condoled with residents and families of the victims and dispatched his deputy, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, on a condolence visit to the community.
In a statement by his spokesman Olayinka Oyebode, the governor said he was saddened by the accident. he noted that many lives had been lost due to recklessness of trailer drivers, saying the government might be compelled to re-introduce some old laws and previous arrangements to deal with the menace. The governor further urged the community leaders and families of the victims to remain calm as “we collectively mourn the death of our beloved ones in the unfortunate incident.”