Two feared dead as fire engulfs residence of ex-Oyo governor Alao Akala

Two people have reportedly lost their lives during a fire outbreak at the Ogbomoso residence of a former governor of Oyo State, the late Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala.

The Sector Commandant of State Fire Service, Ogbomoso command, Mr Oluwaseyi Awogbile who confirmed the incident said, the fire accident occured around 7:30. a.m on Monday, December, 18 2023.

Mr. Awogile noted that the cause of the fire could not be ascertained as of the time of filling this report, saying the service would soon unravel what might have led the incident.

He explained that the fire had been put out to prevent further spread.

An eyewitness who preferred anonymity also said the fire incident emanated from gas explosion which he said led to the death of two persons, while another person has been taken to hospital for treatment.

Recall that Akala died on January 12, 2022, at age 71 in his home country, Ogbomoso.

He served as governor of Oyo State in 2006, and again from 2007 to 2011. He was the candidate of the ADP in the 2019 Governorship election in Oyo State.

Before he became governor, he was deputy to a former governor, Rashidi Ladoja, between 2003 and 2006, before Mr Ladoja was controversially impeached which consequently made him (Alao-Akala) the acting governor for eleven months.

He was until his death a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

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