The Ondo state police command has reportedly confirmed the death of three people as a result of the broken dam holding toxic substances produced by a Chinese company operating in Omotosho forest reserve in Okitipupa, Ondo State.
The Chinese company which engages in cassava to ethanol production in the area have been identified as 'Wewood' and the late victims have also been identified as Akinmusire Monday (35), Samuel Louis (45) and Ododolewa Adebowale (19). They died after going into the forest to extract timber for saw millers.
Ondo police spokesperson, Tee Leo-Ikoro confirmed the deaths and also disclosed that the victims died due to the overflow of a mini dam created by the company. He told Premium Times that the toxic waste from the dam flowed down the slope and killed the unsuspecting lumberers in the forest.
“The incident is basically an accident and the company and the community are in discussion to resolve the issues."