2 February 2014

Nigeria: Ondo Deputy Governor Survives Car Crash

Four persons were yesterday reportedly killed in an auto crash which involved the convoy of the deputy governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi at Aponmu-Owena along Ondo road in Akure, the State Capital. Olanusi escaped unhurt.

A traditional ruler, Oba Obawure Taofeek Olaposi; Osunmakinde of Ife Tuntun, Osun State and a teenager who were in the same car with the monarch, sustained injuries. The injured were hospitalised.

The four dead persons are said to be occupants of a vehicle belonging to a staff of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Akure, which the Camry allegedly rammed into before hitting the deputy governor's convoy. There were divergent eye witness accounts about how the incident occurred.

An eyewitness blamed the incident on Oba Olaposi's driver who he said was overtaking vehicles recklessly while in the process used his white Toyota Camry to hit the deputy governor's convoy and other oncoming vehicles.

Another source said the monarch, who was said to be travelling from Ife to Akure was caught in the over speeding convoy of the deputy governor, who was rushing to Ondo town to attend a ceremony. The accident was said to have occurred as a result of reckless driving on the part of the convoy.

The monarch and the teenager among the occupants of his vehicle were said to be responding to treatment at a Specialist hospital in Akure following injuries sustained in the incident, while the corpse of the victims had been deposited at the hospital mortuary.

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