Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja.
The Egbe gbogbo Omo Yoruba Ajija hbara orile Ede Odua Nation have described the death of first female combat pilot Tolulope Arotile as a tragedy to the entire Yoruba race.
The group stated this on Tuesday evening while paying condolence visit to the family of late Tolulope Arotile in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital.
The group which claimed to be struggling for the independence of Yoruba race was led by its chairman, Fagbola Azeem who noted that the Nation had lost a gallant officer whose death was shrouded in mystery.
The Yoruba groups who paid a condolence visit the family House at GRA in Lokoja, Kogi State Capital on Tuesday, lamented that the Yoruba nation has lost a gallant and brilliant officer whose death has been shrouded in mystery .
He described her as a galant flight cadet who had achieved a lot within her short sojourn on earth .
“All Yoruba groups both at home and diaspora identified with the family in this agony and sorrowful period” .he noted
He explained that death is a supreme end of every living souls, stressing that Tolulope’s death is very plainful particularly when the nation needs her service, praying to God to grant the deacesed to eternal rest and give the parents and family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss .
He pointed out that the Unity of Yoruba race is very sacrosanct , saying that there need to stretch the hands of fellowship to the Yoruba people of Kogi State.
Responding the deceased’s mother, Mrs Atotile expressed gratitude to the visitors, praying that God grant them journey mercies to their various destination.
Multiple accidents claim 17 lives in Kogi, 2 Police Inspectors involved
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Two ghastly motor accidents occurred separately along Lokoja — Ayingba road in Kogi state on Thursday claiming no fewer than 17 lives involving two Police Inspectors and 15 other persons
The first accident occurred near Ojudu village in the afternoon of the fateful Thursday involving two Police Inspectors who were on their way to a mortuary at Ayingba to pick the remains of their colleague sergeant who earlier died in an accident on the same road.
The deceased officers were in an ambulance with an empty casket when an articulated vehicle was said to have ran into them, killing all the occupants including the driver.
According to the Police Public Relation Officer,(PPRO) DSP William Aya, the two officers were sent to an Ayingba morgue to pick the corpse of their late sergeant who died in an earlier accident for onward movement to Adamawa state for burial when they lost their lives.
About 5 hours after Fourteen persons, including five children same day, Thursday, lost their lives in another ghastly motor accident which occurred on same Anyingba – Lokoja road in Kogi State.
The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC), Mr Solomon Aghure confirmed to newsmen in Lokoja on Friday that three vehicles; two trucks and a passenger bus were involved in the multiple accident which happened in the evening of Jan. 14.
He said that the three vehicles were travelling on the same lane towards Anyingba when a truck suddenly hit the bus from behind and as a result of the impact, hit the truck in its front.
The Sector Commander explained that the bus was trapped in between the two trucks with all the passengers, before his men arrived the scene to carry out rescue operation which lasted for hours.
Aghure disclosed that 14 out of the 23 persons involved in the accident died on the spot while nine others sustained various degrees of injury.
According to him, those who died included three female children, two male children, eight women and one man.
The Sector Commander further explained that three men, one woman and five children, comprising two male children and three female children were lucky to have survived the accident with some injuries.
He said that while the injured were taken to Holley Memorial Hospital, Ochadamu for treatment, corpses of the dead were deposited at the morgue of Grimard Hospital, Anyingba.
While suspecting break failure as the cause of the accident, he, however, said that the Corps is carrying out investigation to ascertain its cause.
Bauchi Govt. Expresses Commitment To Rehabilitate Tafawa Balewa’s Tomb
Bauchi State Government has pledged to rehabilitate the tomb of Nigeria’s first and only Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa.
Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Asma’u Giade made the commitment during the annual memorial lecture and prayers for the late prime minister organised by the state government in Bauchi on Friday.
The tomb’s complex was taken over by the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) and converted to a national monument, jointly managed by the federal and state governments.
“The complex was neglected for decades by past governments. The present administration had set a plan to renovate the place so that it could attract more tourists from within and outside the country.
“I will not forget to also acknowledge First Bank of Nigeria Plc who declared interest to contribute toward the renovation of the tomb,” Giade said.
She added that the governor Bala Mohammed had last year declared January 15 as a day of prayers for the late Balewa, saying that the State House of Assembly had made a legislation to make the day official.
In a remark, Yakubu Balewa, the eldest son, commended the Bauchi State Government for the initiative to honour his father.
Nigerian Police Losses Top Officer As Kwara Governor Commiserate With Police Authorities
Yunana Baba, the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 8, Lokoja, Kogi state, passed on.
News of his death came after a newly-promoted Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Omololu Bishi, who is in charge of Police Armament, Force Headquarters Abuja, also died.
Omololu Bishi died in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, (LASUTH) Ikeja, Lagos.
Meanwhile, Kwara State Governor, AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman, reacted to Baba’s death on Thursday night as he described him as a perfect gentleman and a dedicated officer.
The Governor commiserated with the police authorities over “the sudden death”.
“I received the news of the death of AIG Yunana Baba with shock and sadness. It is one tragedy too many.
“On behalf of the people and Government of Kwara State, I condole with the entire police family, especially the Inspector General of Police and the immediate family of the top officer, on this devastating development.
“The late officer is a fine gentleman, a patriot, and a professional cop who was very passionate about his duty to his fatherland. I recall the gallant roles the late officer played in some recent security developments in the zone,” Governor AbdulRahman stated.
He also prayed God to repose his soul and comfort his family.
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