The Olu of Onibuku in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, Oba Abraham Olusegun Bankole, has been confirmed dead after he was crushed by a truck.
The monarch was said to be aboard a tricycle, otherwise known as Keke Napep, when the liquor-laden truck ran over the tricycle along the Ota-Idiroko expressway, close to Winners Chapel on Tuesday, July 25, 2023.
The Oba was said to have died on the spot when the truck with registration number, EPE 252 XF, crushed him while trying to alight from the tricycle.
The spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, Florence Okpe, confirmed the incident.
”I was informed of the incident today,” she stated.
Okpe, however, said she was yet to be fully briefed by the FRSC in Ota Unit.
The remains of the monarch have been deposited at the General Hospital, Ota while the truck was moved out of the road by police officers.
A first-class Oba in Ogun West, who confirmed the incident to newsmen expressed sadness over why the monarch decided to commute in a tricycle instead of a personal car.
There are speculations that Oba Bankole might have parked his car due to the hike in the pump price of petrol.
The spokesperson for the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi also confirmed the incident.
Akinbiyi said his officer had been briefed over the fatal accident.
“Yes, it is true. There was an accident in the area today and it recorded a casualty,” he said.
“Corps Commander and Chief Executive Officer of Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency commiserates with the Kabiyesi’s family and entire inhabitants of the community,” he added.