Saturday, 3 August 2013

Journalists mourn 3 dead colleagues in accident

Abuja - Some journalists have described the death of three journalists in Osun on Friday as shocking and a great loss to the nation.

The dead journalists are Olatunde Ojenike of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Ibadan, Adolphus Okonkwo, Champion Newspapers, and Kafayat Odunsi of Nigeria Television Authority.

Ten others sustained injuries in the accident, which occurred near Ilesha in Osun, and are receiving treatment at  Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.

The National Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Shuibu Leman, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that  "it was a sad moment for the union and the nation as a whole.’’

Leman told NAN at the time of filing this report that officials of the union were on their way to Osun to assess the situation.

The Chairman of NUJ, Abuja Council, Mr Chucks Ehirim, said, "it was indeed a great shock as the three late journalists were very alive and active on Thursday at a meeting of the union.

``We are all shocked by the incident. They were our colleagues and we were all together in the meeting till late on Thursday. It is unfortunate because they died in union activities.’’