Many people were killed when an vehicle which suffered brake failure ran into a market in Iworoko Ekiti.

Iworoko Ekiti is home to a large number of students of the Ekiti State University (EKSU) due to its proximity to the institution’s main campus.

The accident occurred at about 7pm on Saturday, January 12th when activities at the market are usually at the peak.

The truck was transporting the branded rice from Abuja, and was en route the Ifaki-Iworoko road in Ado Ekiti, when the incident occurred.

The truck belonged to the Dangote Group and was transiting from Ado Ekiti to Iju/Ita Ogbolu in Ondo State to deliver the rice

The trailer was conveying branded APC rice which belonged to Senator Tayo Alasoadura of Ondo State

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Although casualty figures could not be ascertained as of the time of filing the report, an unconfirmed eyewitness account said 20 people, including every member of a family and 10 children, were said to have died in the accident.

Eyewitnesses also say that those killed included occupants of a mini commuter bus popularly called Akoto in the locality.

A large crowd of sympathisers were seen wailing at the scene of the accident .

When contacted, the Police Public Relation Officer, Ekiti State Police Command, Caleb Ikechukwu, said he was yet to be briefed on the incident.

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