NUJ declares seven-day mourning for dead colleagues

By The Rainbow

Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ)  on Saturday declared a  seven-day mourning,  in honour of three journalists who lost their lives in a ghastly road accident on Friday along the Ilesha-Ibadan Expressway.

The journalists, Adolphus Okonkwo, Olatunde Oluwanike and Kafayat Odunsi, met their untimely death at Osu, near Ilesa, Osun State, as they returned from Abuja following union assignment.

Ten others sustained varying degrees of injuries.
THE National President, NUJ, Mallam Garba Mohammed,  made the declaration on Saturday.

Garba and other zonal officers of the union spoke at a press conference Saturday in Osogbo, after assessing the condition of the injured who were receiving treatment at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.

The NUJ boss, who described the incident as unfortunate, also directed the suspension of activities in all chapels and councils during the period of the mourning, adding that a condolence register should be opened immediately.

He expressed gratitude to the people who assisted the union during the incident, particularly the Federal Road Safety Commission, the Police, LAUTECH management and the Osun State Government that provided money to take care of those receiving treatment.

Osun State Deputy Governor, Titi-Laoye Tomori, in company of the state's Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Sunday Akere, his counterpart in the health ministry, Mrs. Temitope Ilori, and other top government functionaries, visited the injured at LAUTECH, Friday night.