Dangote trailer conveying APC campaign rice killed over 45 in Iworoko Ekiti
It was a black Saturday for the residents of Iworoko Ekiti as a Dangote truck conveying bags of rice killed dozens of people.
Official casualty from the accident is yet to be announced, but witnesses said at least 45 people may have been killed according to Premium Times.
The rice being conveyed were bagged with campaign stickers of an All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate in Ondo State, Tayo Alasoadura.
Mr Alasoadura is a senator representing Ondo Central at the National Assembly. He is seeking re-election in 2019.
Such bags of rice are used as campaign materials. They are given to party supporters and potential voters to secure their support.
Eyewitnesses told this newspaper that at least 45 persons including students have been killed in the accident. It gathered that the trailer crushed a loaded vehicle and drove into Iworoko market after its brake failed.
Iworoko, beside Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, is also home to thousands of students of the nearby Ekiti State University.
The number of students affected by the incident is yet to be verified as the spokesman of the university, Ajibade Olubunmi, did not respond to calls at the time of filing this report.
Many of the students are, however, believed to have left the community due to the ongoing strike by university lecturers, ASUU.
An eyewitness who spoke with our correspondent, Segun Ajayi, said ambulance vehicles have done several trips to take the bodies of the victims as well as the injured to the hospital.
“It was a terrible one, the ambulance has passed here like five times trying to rescue and dump the body of affected victims in the mortuary,” he said.
Another eyewitness who simply identified himself as Kunle said the accident happened at about 8 p.m. on Saturday.
“The trailer was carrying rice meant for distribution voters in next general elections as bags of rice have the picture of Senator Tayo Alasoadura. It was actually break failure. About 45 people have died and still counting,” he said.
It was learnt that in the early hours of Sunday the deputy governor of Ekiti State, Bisi Egbeyemi, went round Iworoko to assess the roadside market affected by the ugly accident.
He also visited the victims receiving treatment at the State Hospital.
While the Ekiti State Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) is yet to release official statement on the accident, Caleb Ikechukwu, Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer, told our correspondent that: “I cannot assert number of persons who died but there were truly casualties”