ADO-EKITI—TEARS, anguish, wailing and gnashing of teeth, could best describe the mood in Iworoko-Ekiti, a serene and agrarian community, 15 minutes drive from Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, last Saturday night, over the trailer tragedy that took the lives of 15 inhabitants of the town.
Iworoko-Ekiti, is a very popular community in Ekiti, where majority of the students of Ekiti State University reside.
Crushed and Trapped
When it is dusk, the shops are lighted up by electric generators, which is a major pull for residents and students alike, who besiege the area in their numbers to charge their phones and these also increase the patronage of many traders in the market.
It was this scenario that was playing out when the truck, which was on transit on the dual carriageway that connects the community to Ado-Ekiti from Ifaki-Ekiti, suddenly lost control at about 8:45 pm on the fateful night and rammed into the market, crushing three shops and a commercial bus, popularly known as Akoto, which had some passengers.
One of the shops, a barbing salon, had residents and students charging their cell phones inside. They were all trapped in the accident.
Among the 15 persons said to have been dispatched to early graves are students of the Ekiti State University, EKSU, a corps member, residents, traders in the area and a mother and child.