Barely four days after a trailer crushed 15 persons to death in Iworoko Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun local government area of Ekiti State, the monarch of the town, Oba Michael Oluwafemi Aladejana, has died from alleged shock.
Aladejana, an octogenarian died in the early hours of yesterday at an undisclosed hospital in Ado Ekiti capital city where he was rushed to for treatment.
A trailer carrying a branded rice of the senator representing Ondo Central, Tayo Alasoadura, had on Saturday rammed into a night market leaving 15 persons, including a yet-to-be identified youth corps members dead and four others fatally injured.
A prominent indigene of the town, who did not want his name in print, said the accident led to the sudden collapse of the health of the second-class traditional ruler, adding that efforts to revived him proved abortive.
“Our monarch was rushed to the hospital after the accident. Though he had been having health issues before but that incident really made the situation worse for him.
“When the news got to town, he was said to have felt so devastated and the family had to rush him to the hospital early on Sunday. The sickness was said to have improved on Monday before it relapsed on Tuesday causing his untimely death yesterday,” the source said.
When newsmen visited the town around 12noon yesterday, the traditional rites had already begun with the cutting of the trees and blockage of the dual carriage Ado-Iworoko-Ifaki highway as a way of paying last respect to the departed king.
The youths and other age groups also trooped to the streets killing house pets like goats and sheep sighted roaming about as tradition demands.