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TANKER EXPLOSION KILLS FOUR IN EKITI, RAZES JONATHAN CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR’S HOUSE
by Lere Olayinka

 

Former Governor of the State, Chief Olusegun Oni, who was among the early callers at the scene of the accident said he had to rush to the scene from his Ifaki-Ekiti country home when he was informed.

No fewer than four people lost their lives in an explosion arising from a fuel tanker accident in Ido-Ekiti, Ido-Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State, this morning, while a residential house belonging to the State Coordinator of the Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Akinyemi was also razed down.

Chief Femi Akinyemi

 

The fuel tanker, belonging to Total Petroleum Nigeria Plc was said to be carrying aviation fuel and was on its way to Abuja from Apapa, Lagos when it lost control at Ido-Ekiti, killing four people who were on a motorbike popularly called Okada while the resultant inferno razed down Chief Akinyemi’s house.

However, no life was lost in the house as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain was said to have relocated to Usi-Ekiti three days ago to celebrate the New Year.
The tanker driver and one other person that were also injured in the accident are now receiving treatment at the intensive care unit of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Ido-Ekiti.

Former Governor of the State, Chief Olusegun Oni, who was among the early callers at the scene of the accident said he had to rush to the scene from his Ifaki-Ekiti country home when he was informed.

He lamented the incessant loss of lives and properties in the country in the last few months, calling for prayers to avert disasters in the country.

Oni, who also decried the spate of auto accidents and bomb blasts in the country, said an end must be put to the wasting of precious lives and properties of Nigerians through avoidable incidents like bomb explosions.

“The spate of deaths and destruction of properties through auto accidents and bomb blast witnessed in this country in the last four weeks is alarming. Look at the number of people that are dead here now and see how a whole building has been razed down by an accident that could have been avoided if the driver had been careful enough.

“Just last Friday, the Secretary to the Government of Benue State, Dr. Audu Achigili was cut down in his prime by a motor accident while several Nigerians have been killed by agents of the devil that have been throwing bombs everywhere.

“It is my prayer that God in His infinite mercies will console those whose love ones have been lost to these avoidable incidents and that he will intervene in the affairs of this country because as it is now, we need divine intervention.”

Also speaking on the incident, Chief Akinyemi said he was short of words but can only thank God for sparing his life and that of members of his family.

“What I have lost today cannot be quantified in terms of cash but I thank God that I am still alive because if myself and my family members were to be inside the house, we would have all perished in the inferno too.

“I also sympathise with the families of those who lost their lives and pray that God will give them the fortitude to bear the loss.”

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