Tragedy as Akinjide's fence collapses on supporters

By The Citizen

Tragedy struck at the Geelekale, Ibadan home of a former Attorney-General of the Federation, Chief Richard Akinjide, at the weekend, when the fence of the house collapsed on several supporters of his daughter, Ms. Jumoke Akinjide, the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

A woman, Alirat Rauf, was killed and six persons injured.

It was learnt that Ms. Akinjide's supporters besieged the house to benefit from the gifts the minister regularly doles out to them. Sources said many who could not gain entry into the compound chose to climb over the fence.

The fence collapsed under the pressure, killing Airat. The victims were taken to Benbow Hospital and were discharged after treatment.

Ms. Akinjide is said to be generous, an attribute that attracts several people to her.

Police spokesperson Mr. Olabisi Ilobanafor confirmed the incident, saying it was caused by the impatience and disorderliness of the crowd.

She said: 'The minister was trying to ameliorate their problems, but they were impatient. People should learn to queue up and be orderly.'