Magistrate Banji Ayeomoni of Okitipupa Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State, together with his son Dara, another relation and his driver were reported dead in an inferno caused by a petrol tanker spillage in Ekpoma.
An official of the court told the News Agency of Nigeria that the incident happened on Friday night close to Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma.
Ayeomoni was said to have visited his children at Ekpoma and was returning home, when his vehicle ran into the petrol spillage caused by the tanker. The spillage led to a fire which affected other vehicles.
Dara, the Magistrate’s son and a 500 level Medicine student in AAU, died alongside the driver and a young boy at an undisclosed hospital shortly after the accident.
Insp. Zedekiah Orogbemi, the court’s prosecutor, described the late Magistrate as a “thorough bred lawyer and a good man’’.
The 59 year-old Magistrate, according to NAN, was due for retirement next year. He left behind his wife and two other children.