Governor of Edo state Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday, said weekend’s accident involving his convoy, in which three journalists lost their lives, was an attempt on his life, as the tipper driver rammed into his official vehicle, while the car he personally drove, escaped by the whiskers.
Oshiomhole, who spoke on the accident at Government House, Benin
City, lamented that it took him and other survivors close to 40 minutes
to remove the journalists from their mangled bus.
Meanwhile, a crack team of detectives is investigating the ghastly
motor accident, in which three journalist lost their lives on the
Warrake-Auchi Road, Etsako West Local Government Area of the state.
Olatunji Jacob and George Okosun, both of Independent Television,
ITV, and Fidelis Ohani camera man attached to African Independent
Television, AIT and a driver attached to the state Government House,
Samson Inobemhe, lost their lives.
Oshiomhole, yesterday, said: “I wept when I saw the way the
journalists were trapped.” He condoled with the Nigeria Union of
Journalists,NUJ, on the loss of its members.
He said he had been receiving messages that officials of his
government were targets of assassination and kidnap before the tragic
“If I was in the regular jeep (my official car), the guy would have
hit me. I was in a small car which I decided to drive myself. The tipper
pushed that jeep off the road and then crashed into the bus conveying
“It is a straight road, so if he lost control, he would have swerved
into the bush. When I asked the motor boy yesterday (Sunday) where the
driver was, he said he opened the door of the vehicle and fled. He
claimed the driver just said he should follow him. I then asked him if
he was not under 18 and why follow a man to another local government
area without asking questions.
“Well, we have asked the State Security Service, SSS and the police
to investigate the accident, but before we knew it, Peoples Democratic
Party, PDP, was already issuing condolence message. I haven’t cried for a
long time but when I saw the ITV man (George Okosun) and then the AIT
man (Fidelis Ohane), I wept. From the time of my campaign in 2006, they
had followed me all the way through the judicial process until now and
they all have families, young families. We well get to the root of the
“The truck hit them head on and smashed the bus. To open it, they had
to use axe to cut the bus. You saw people bleeding but you couldn’t get
them out; some, we had to loosen the bolts of the seat to remove them.
For about 40 minutes, we were trying to get them out but God took
Meanwhile, at press time,the Chief Detail to the governor and other
security operatives, in the convoy were also receiving treatment at the
intensive unit of the Benin Central Hospital.
Vanguard learnt that the crack team of detectives, including officers
drawn from the State Security Services, SSS, have commenced
investigation into the accident in order to ascertain whether it was a
planned attempt on the governor’s life.
A top security officer, who craved anonymity, told Vanguard: “We are
worried because the governor was not in his usual car but was in a BMW
Station Wagon in front of the convoy while his usual vehicle was right
behind the BMW. So the report was that the tipper rammed into the convoy
hitting what was supposed to be the governor’s usual vehicle.
“It meant that something could have happened to the governor, if he was in his usual car.”
….As Edo Pdp, Nma commiserate with Oshiomhole
BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN—Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Edo
State chapter, yesterday, commiserated with Governor Adams Oshiomhole
and the people of the state on the death of three journalists in a
ghastly road accident, involving the governor’s convoy, weekend.
State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Matthew Urhoghide, also commiserate
with the state chapter of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; the
Independent Television, ITV and Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, on
the death of the journalists, which included two ITV staff, Olatunji
Jacob and George Okosun and a Camera man with AIT, Fidelis Ohani.
PDP wished speedy recovery for those who sustained injuries in the
accident and prayed God to grant the departed souls eternal rest and
their families, the fortitude to bear the painful loss. The Nigerian
Medical Association, NMA, Edo State branch, also commiserated with NUJ
over the unfortunate accident.