Governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi has responded to some fatal trailer accident in Iworoko marketplace , which claimed numerous lives.
A truck conveying bags of rice belonging to a politician, suddenly lost control at about 8:45 pm on Saturday night and rammed into a market at the centre of the town.
The trailer had crushed a small commercial vehicle called ‘Akoto’. Bags of rice, a number of which had posters of a senatorial candidate of the Ondo State All Progressives Congress (APC), Tayo Alasoadura, littered the scene.
The angry mob chased away a towing truck of the state’s transport office, saying that it had come too late to rescue the victims.
They stoned the car, forcing the driver to drive off. They also made effort to chase away the advance security team of the deputy governor but were intimidated by a presence of heavily armed security operatives who later came to bring the deputy governor to the scene.
Speaking with the chiefs and angry youths of the community, the Deputy Governor, Bisi Egbeyemi, who represented the Governor of the state, Kayode Fayemi stated:
“The state governor condoles with families of people who have lost dear ones. We pray for their souls to rest on peace. Government will also ensure that people who were injured have their hospital bills paid for. We will also take care of other things.
“But we appeal to our youths to calm down and not cause trouble. No one wishes for this type of tragedy to occur. And no amount of violence and anger will bring back those dead. So let’s be calm, ” he said.
Egbeyemi, who visited the Ekiti State University Teaching hospital combined Adebayo area of the state capital, where the bodies of the dead and others injured were taken to, told the doctors to begin urgent treatment of the injured, assuring them that the bills would be paid by the state authorities.
The hospital management told newsmen that 12 bodies of people who lost their lives in the accident, including pupils of EKSU have been deposits at the state morgue while four injured victims of the injury are receiving treatment in the hospital.