Four Killed, Ondo Deputy Governor Escapes Death In Auto Crash

The Ondo State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, narrowly escaped death yesterday in a motor accident at Aponmu-Owena on Ondo Road, Akure.

He was unhurt.

Four other persons involved in the accident were however not that lucky: they died.

A traditional ruler, the Osunmakinde of Ife Tuntun in Osun State, Oba Obawure Taofeek Olaposi, was injured and subsequently hospitalised as was a teenager in his car.

The four dead persons were all travelling in a car said to belong to an employee of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Akure.

There were divergent versions on how the accident occurred.

An eyewitness alleged that the driver of Oba Olaposi’s Toyota Camry car rammed into the deputy governor’s convoy.

Another source attributed the accident to allege over speeding by the deputy governor’s convoy.

The traditional ruler and the teenager were rushed to a hospital in Akure for treatment while the bodies were deposited in a mortuary.

Confirming the incident, the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Mr Daisi Ajayi said the Deputy Governor was on his way to Ondo for an official function when the accident occurred.

He said one of the security cars in the convoy and the Deputy Governor’s spare car were badly damaged.

Olanusi was, last night being attended to at home by doctors.

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