Tears flowed yesterday as the bodies of the six medical doctors and their driver, who died in an accident, arrived in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
The doctors were on their way to the Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Sokoto, when they had an accident on the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway.
The survivors and the bodies were conveyed in seven ambulances and were received by Governor Ayo Fayose and other senior government officials.
The six doctors were Tunde Aladesanmi of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti (FETHI); Ojo Taiwo of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH); NMA Secretary Akinyele Alex; J. Ogunseye of the Hospitals Management Board; President, EKSUTH branch of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), O. Olajide, Dr Adeniyi James of the FETHI and their driver, Moses Ajibola.
The convoy of ambulances arrived in Ado-Ekiti at 6.30 pm accompanied by policemen, officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Civil Defence Corps and officials of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The train moved slowly through the town and headed for EKSUTH, where the bodies were deposited in the mortuary.
Six survivors, including the NMA State Chairman, Dr. John Akinbote, dressed in black, accompanied the ambulances.
Some residents wept. Family members and relations of the victims rolled on the ground and were inconsolable.
Fayose, who was dressed in black, was joined by Deputy Governor Kolapo Olusola to receive the bodies at Fajuyi Park from where the ambulances moved to the EKSUTH morgue.
There was a huge traffic between Fajuyi Park and EKSUTH as Fayose and his team joined the procession to the hospital.
The governor promised to immortalise the doctors and assist their families.
EKSUTH Chief Medical Director Dr. Kolawole Ogundipe said the bodies were deposited at the morgue to enable their families identify them in preparation for their funerals.
It was gathered that the family of one of the victims, Dr Aladesanmi, will bury his remains today.
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