A Chinese company operating in Ondo State has caused the death of three persons in the state through a toxic substance produced by the firm.
The Ondo state police command reportedly confirmed the deaths resulting from a broken dam holding the toxic substances produced by the Chinese company identified as Wewood, operating in Omotosho forest reserve in Okitipupa, Ondo State.
The Chinese company engages in cassava to ethanol production in the area 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 command 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.”