Prominent Ifa Priest, Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon, has debunked claims about the statues of the three white cap chiefs at Otedola bridge in Lagos State caused the tanker accident on Thursday on the spot.
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Ten persons had died after a tanker’s break failed, fell and spilled its content on the bridge causing explosion which gutted 54 vehicles and killed ten persons leaving several injured. Accident is like a recurring decimal on the bridge with another one happening on the second day of the tragedy in which two persons were said to have died.
With insinuation rife that the sculpture of the three ‘elders’ were that of deities who regularly needed blood, therefore responsible for the horror, Chief Elubibon dispelled the claim in an interview with Punch.
The priest said, “It is true that there may be tragedies in various forms if we refused to make sacrifices to some deities. But I don’t think the accidents on Otedola Bridge in Lagos, happened because the gods were angry.
“The three statues erected there are not gods. They are sculptures made by artists and I think they were put there as decoration. We need to examine ourselves as government and as individuals.”
Recall that the statues had been trailed by controversy with spiritual connotation attached to it. Formerly situated at Ojodu-Berger Bus stop before it was relocated to Michael Otedola, it was once burnt down at its previous location in the night by people suspected to share the view that it was causing incessant accident at Berger then.