Four persons were feared killed and another seriously injured when an ancient majestic “Odan’’ tree fell to heavy windstorm in Saabo area of Oyo town on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ancient tree provided shelter for butchers, mini buses and commercial motorcycle operators with its far-spreading branches at a popular foodstuffs market in Oyo town.
Alhaji Akeebu Alarape, Chairman, Saabo Market, Oyo town, told NAN that the tree was about 100 years old.
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Alarape said four different sawyers invited to cut the tree did not succeed until a fifth sawyer was able to cut parts of it for rescue operation to begin.
A resident trader in the area, Mrs Kareemot Ejide, 65, said she had known the tree since her childhood days.
According to Mr Akeem Ojo, Head Operations of the Western Nigeria Security Network, “Amotekun’’ in Atiba Local Council Development Area, the tree fell at about 6 p.m.
“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 motorcycle and mini bus parks under the tree were damaged,’’ Ojo said.