4 kills,Several Others Injure As, 100 Years Old Tree Fell In Oyo - FIRST AWARENESS


Thursday, October 7, 2021

4 kills,Several Others Injure As, 100 Years Old Tree Fell In Oyo

 People of Oyo Town at the scene

By Our Reporter
No fewer than four people were reportedly killed while others  injured by a 100 years old  tree  that felt after a windstorm in Saabo area of Oyo Town,in Oyo State last  Monday.

Shocking however,within 24 hours after falling, First Awareness gathered that the tree grew back some fresh branches.

Meanwhile,this shocking development is yet to be ascertained as many people contacted by First Awareness  could not give a clear picture as to wether the tree truly grew back some fresh branches immediately.

When contacted, Chairman, Sooro LCDA, Mr Seun Oguntona  debunked the rumour that the tree was fettish, he advised people not to take shelter under any tree when it rains.

He added that although,the man who planted the tree worspped Sango before his death about 30 years ago saying, the purpose of planting the tree was to provide shelter for people.

"Before the tree felt  it
 served as relaxation spot for motorcycle riders, shuttle buses operators and their passengers" he affirmed.

According to him, those affected were  traders  who were trading under the tree, assured that they would be relocated immediately.

The Chairman of Saabo Market, Oyo, Alhaji Akeebu Alarape, who confirmed the incident explained that the tree had been there for over 100 years, adding that there had been several unsuccessful attempts to cut the tree down.

Also Contacted, the Amotekun Head of Operations in Atiba LCDA, Mr Akeem Ojo confirmed that the incident happened at about 6p.m. on Monday.

He said: “A female student of Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo; a woman with a baby strapped to her back and a boy she was holding were pulled out from under the tree.

“One person was seriously injured and was taken to a private hospital in the area, while motorcycles and-mini buses parked under the tree were damaged.”

He noted further that Amotekun’s presence at the scene was to prevent rioting and looting of goods in the market.

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