Magistrate, Son Die In Petrol Tanker Accident

An Ondo State Magistrate in Okitipupa, Banji Ayeomoni, together with his son Dara, another relation and his driver were killed on Friday night in an inferno caused by a petrol tanker spillage in Ekpoma, Edo State.

The 59 year-old Magistrate, who was due for retirement next year, left behind his wife and two other children.

An official of the court (names withheld) told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday, that the incident happened close to Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma.

The official said that the late Ayeomoni went to visit his children at Ekpoma, and while returning, his vehicle ran into the petrol spillage caused by a tanker which caused fire and other vehicles behind were also affected.

The source added that the Magistrate’s son, Dara, who is a 500 level student of medicine of AAU, a young boy, who is the son of the deceased’s sister-in-law and the driver died at an undisclosed hospital shortly after the accident.

“We heard that the late Magistrate went to visit his children at AAU when the incident occurred through a petrol tanker oil spillage, which claimed their lives.

“It was indeed very sad news to all members of staff and lawyers in our court,’’ the source disclosed.

Meanwhile, Inspector Zedekiah Orogbemi, the court’s prosecutor expressed shock over the sad news.

Orogbemi, who described the late Magistrate as a “thorough bred lawyer and a good man’’ prayed for the repose of his soul.

“I was shocked when the news broke and up till now, I still cannot believe that Ayeomoni is gone but what can we do than to pray for the repose of his soul.

“I also condole with his family and pray that God should give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,’’ he said.

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