Governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi has reacted to a fatal trailer accident in Iworoko market, 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, some 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 vehicle, forcing the driver to drive off. They also made attempt 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 said:
“The state governor condoles with families of those who have lost dear ones. We pray for their souls to rest on peace. Government will also ensure that those who were wounded have their hospital bills paid for. We will also take care of other things.
“However, we appeal to our youths to calm down and not cause trouble. No one wishes for this kind of tragedy to happen. And no amount of anger and violence will bring back those dead. So let us be calm, ” he said.
Egbeyemi, who also visited the Ekiti State University Teaching hospital along Adebayo area of the state capital, where the bodies of the dead and others wounded were taken to, told the doctors to begin urgent treatment of the wounded, assuring them that the bills would be paid by the state government.
The hospital management told newsmen that 12 bodies of those who lost their lives in the accident, including students of EKSU have been deposits at the state morgue while four wounded victims of the accident are receiving treatment in the hospital.