Posted by Kehinde Akinyemi | 1 September 2017 | 3,142 times
At least two worshippers were confirmed dead few hours ago, as a truck loaded with forest wood logs rammed into a Muslim congregation observing this year Eid prayers to mark the annual Eid-el-Kabir celebration at Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State.
Also, a police officer was killed by a stray bullet in an ensuing melee shortly after the incident, throwing the entire community into confusion and mourning.
An eye witness account said the truck had a break failure before ramming into the worshippers, leaving tens of others critically injured.
A worshipper, Alh. Ademola Balogun KLASS, told our Correspondent on phone that he and his family members escaped deaths by whiskers, but, not so with his Toyota Tundra with number APP 995 DD, which was badly damaged.
“I do not see reason why these trucks should be allowed to operate today. Me and my family escaped this narrowly. As I speak to you three persons had died. It is very bad here this morning. The question is why should the truck be allowed to work today? Why?” Balogun queried.
The death of the policeman, it was gathered, occurred when the sporadic gunshots by the policemen drafted to quell looming violent protest by worshippers against the truck and its owners hit one of them.
Residents of Atikori claimed that the driver of the truck, Ope Sulaiman from Oke Agbo, took to his heels. The chairman of Ijebu Igbo West Local Council Development Council Area, Goke Adekunbi, has appealed for calm, assuring that necessary steps would be taken on the matter.
He also prayed for the repose of the dead.
•Text courtesy of Daily Trust.
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