Breaking News:Fayose ‘Involved In Accident’ On Third Mainland Bridge

Ayodele Fayose, immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, was involved in an auto accident on Wednesday.

According to his aide, Lere Olayinka, the accident occurred on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos on Wednesday afternoon.

His condition is currently stable and he has received medical attention.

Olayinka posted the news of the accident via a tweet that read: “Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose was involved in auto accident on 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos few minutes ago. He is in stable condition as I write while he is receiving medical attention”.

Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose was involved in auto accident on 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos few minutes ago. He is in stable condition as I write while he is receiving medical attention.

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Truck killed 14 People in Ilesha-Akure Expressway Police checkpoint

Fourteen people—seven males and seven females— yesterday evening, lost their lives in an accident on Ilesha-Akure Expressway.

It was gathered that the break system of a truck heading towards Akure failed, causing it to ram several vehicles coming from the opposite direction, killing most of their occupants. It was also gathered that the vehicles the truck rammed into were stopped at a road-block mounted by the Police.

Eyewitnesses told Vanguard that the victims were mainly occupants of the vehicles moving towards Ilesha from Akure end of the road that were stopped by the Police.

A source, who preferred anonymity, told Vanguard: “Traffic was building up from Akure end of the road as policemen were stopping vehicles moving towards Ilesha end around 2p.m., when the incident happened. “A truck heading towards Akure, that had lost break, appeared and ran over vehicles already stopped by the policemen. The driver of the truck immediately ran away from the scene.” Contacted, Osun Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Mr. Peter Oke, confirmed the number of the victims of the accident.

Dangote Truck kills 10 Persons After Colliding With Bus On Abuja Road (Pictures )

 

According to reports, over ten persons have been killed in a fatal accident which happened on Friday (yesterday) along Akwanga/Abuja Federal Highway.

It was gathered that the accident happened after a truck owned by Dangote company collided with a commercial vehicle.

The accident was said to have led to the deaths of at least 10 people and many others seriously injured.

The tragic incident caused a huge traffic gridlock in the area as many gathered at the accident scene, thereby virtually blocking the highway.

The wounded victims were rushed to the hospital by emergency officials and the corpses of the dead, deposited in a mortuary.

Culled from Naijaload 

Breaking News:Thousands Escape Death As ‘Substandard’ Overhead Water Tank Collapses For Asaba 2018

Thousands of athletes and spectators on Thursday narrowly escaped death following the collapse of a substandard overhead water tank at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State, during the ongoing 21st African Senior Athletics Championships, tagged ‘Asaba 2018’.

The collapsed water tank, which created panic among the athletes and spectators, left vehicles, wall fence and other things damaged while spectators were seen scampering for their lives.

A Delta State government official, who witnessed the incident, blamed the contractors who handled the project, saying everything done in the stadium was hurried and substandard.

“No good can ever come out of this Delta State government,” he said.

“The state government was in so much hurry to host this championship when all necessary things have not been put in place. All the construction done in the stadium were done with substandard materials, including the collapsed water tank.

“Go round the stadium, you will see it was not completed before they commenced the game on Wednesday. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa agreed to host the championships following the financial gains that would go into their private pockets to use for the forthcoming 2019 general election.

“The 2019 elections and the avenue to amass wealth and loot the state treasury is the reason behind all this rush to host the championships and unfortunately a substandard job was carried out. This is another perfect and smooth avenue to loot the treasury by governor Okowa and his men. Governor Okowa had before now stated that he will need N4 billion to host the championships. 

“Some information in tpublic domain, however, suggests that the Governor released the sum of N3.8 billion for the hosting of the game. New cars, including SUVs, were purchased by the local organising committee, which the Governor’s younger brother, Mr. Tony Okowa, is the Vice Chairman of. At the end of the game, these cars will be carted away by the governor’s cronies.”

It would be recalled that the Minister of Sports and Youths Development, Mr. Solomon Dalung was on Wednesday booed by spectators while delivering President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech at the opening of the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships at the stadium.

The opening ceremony, which had over 30 African countries in attendance, was poorly organised despite the release of the sum of N3.8billion to the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Mr. Solomon Ogba, and Tony Okowa, Givernor Okowa’s younger brother.

The multi-billion-naira contract for the construction of the stadium, named after late footballer, Stephen Keshi, was awarded to Ogba, a former President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and LOC Chairman, but it could not be completed before the kickoff of the championships.

According to SaharaReporters correspondent who witnessed the opening eventobserved that the Score Board, Fog Lights, the Swimming Pool, interlocking of some parts of the front view of the stadium and other areas remained uncompleted despite promises made by the LOC before the event kicked off. 

At the convenience rooms provided by the organisers of the championships, participants and spectators could not find water to flush out the toilet system as the whole place was messed up.

Participants at the championships expressed dismay over the level of work done at the stadium, describing the stadium environment as an eyesore.

“Since May 2017, Governor Okowa inaugurated the Local Organising Committee with Solomon Ogba as the Chairman and Governor Okowa’s younger brother, who doubles as Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission, as the LOC Vice Chairman. But, unfortunately, for good one year plus, they could not organize a flawless event of this magnitude. So what did they use such a huge amount of money released to them for?” a participant complained.

“All the diversion roads in the state capital are so very bad. I was highly disappointed when I took a walk around the stadium and saw the fire brigade approach and substandard construction going on; I wept for my state. Can you imagine, an event which took over a year plus to organise, they couldn’t provide the scoreboard, fog lights even water to flush out toilet systems

Sad News As NYSC Member Passed on In Abuja Crash, Friends Mourn And Laments

22year-old member of the National Youth Service Corps, Tony Zitta, has been killed in an auto accident.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Zitta had gone to drop off a friend after an event on July 29 and was on his way back when his car was bashed by another vehicle at the Diamond Bank Junction on Ademola Adetokunbo Way, Wuse II, Abuja.

It was gathered that the driver, who was allegedly speeding, rammed into Zitta’s car from the passenger’s side, leaving the victim unconscious.

Our correspondent learnt that some policemen, who were the first responders at the scene, allegedly tried to steal some of Zitta’s belongings but were prevented by sympathisers.

One of Zitta’s friends, Sowa Alonge, who spoke to PUNCH Metro, accused the police of aiding the escape of the unidentified driver.

He said the driver escaped in an Uber car, adding that the police allegedly removed the number plate of his vehicle so that nobody would trace him.

Alonge, who co-founded a non-governmental organisation with Zitta, said, “The police took his personal effects instead of rushing him to a hospital. But some ladies that were around did not allow them to take the items away.

“The driver of the BMW that bashed Tony (Zitta) got into an Uber car with his friends, and called a towing vehicle to tow his car away. But people prevented them from towing the car.

“Sympathisers told us that the driver bribed the policemen, but people around did not allow the towing vehicle to tow the car.

“They made sure that the two vehicles were towed to Zone 3 Police Command.”

Alonge added that a Good Samaritan rushed Zitta to the Gariki General Hospital from where he was transferred to the Wuse General Hospital.

He explained that Zitta was again referred to the Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital due to lack of bed space at the Wuse General Hospital.

He said, “We were told that there was blood in his head which had been drained. They said he was stabilising. He died the next morning due to complications.

“The Deputy Commissioner of Police in Zone Seven came to Zone Three and told them to take the case seriously and the inspector handling the case said a Superintendent of Police in one of the police stations called him and said that he knew the owner of the BMW and that the owner is in a hospital.

“The SP was trying to find information about Tony (Zitta) and we played along as if he was still alive. He said he was going to send some people to check the state of the car.

“The DCP suggested to them to use the engine number of the car to find the suspect, but they ignored the DCP.”

He noted that Zitta’s mother was distraught as he was the only son of the family.

Zitta’s friend called for justice for the victim.

The Police Public Relations Officer, FCT Command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, said the police did not aid the suspect’s escape, adding that efforts were on to arrest him.

He said, “The case is still under investigation and the police do not have anything to hide in the case. It is unfortunate that we lost the young man; we sympathise with his friends and family.

“At first, we did not know the owner of the car. But after our investigations, we have been able to identify the car owner and we are making efforts to ensure his arrest. There is no cover-up in the case because ours is to serve justice to whoever deserves justice.”