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Ondo govt denies death of delegates to Niger Delta summit

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By Jacob Akintunde, Akure

Ondo state government has said that those involved in an auto crash along Okitipupa-Ore road on Tuesday were not delegates to the ongoing Niger Delta Council Summit holding in the state.

The state government in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Segun Ajiboye however admitted that the accident claimed lives and rendered many people injured.

Ajiboye denied the claim, saying that the victims of the auto crash were not Ondo State delegates to the summit, but travellers.

“The Ondo State government wishes to state that none of the delegates who attended the town hall meeting was involved in the auto crash,” Ajiboye said.

“According to  police report, there was an auto crash in which a 42-year-old mother of five, Rukayat Teniola, from Onipakala in Ondo State, who was traveling for a private business, lost her life.Four other passengers, who were injured in the crash, were rushed to the hospital, and three of them have already been discharged,” he added.

He said “three vehicles, namely a Golf passenger car with registration number AG 12 REE, allegedly overloaded with six passengers traveling from Ore to Okitipupa, a Dyna truck with registration number AKR 890 SA and a Mercedes lorry travelling from Okitipupa to Ore were involved in the fatal crash.”

He maintained that none of the delegates and other participants in the town hall meeting were involved in the reported auto crash.

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