A journalist working with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Akure, Mr. Alex Akinwale has died. He has been identified among those who lost their life in a fatal motor accident involving the convoy of the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi today (Saturday, February 1, 2014).
Four people, including the late Akinwale, were said to be among the occupants of a vehicle belonging to the NTA Staff when the convoy of the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi rammed on the Toyota Camry of a Traditional monarch, Oba Taofeek Olaposi, who was coming from Osun State, and heading to Akure.
The deputy Governor’s vehicle, which supposedly used as ‘spare car,’ bashed the white Toyota Camry car of Oba Olaposi, and immediately collided with another vehicle, a Nissan Serena of the NTA staff with Reg no. Ondo: AG 477 ANG.
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Oba Taofeek Olaposi, the Osunmakinde of Ife Tuntun, was said to have been traveling from Ile Ife in Osun State, to Akure, with his driver and a teenager for an event in Akure.
The Incident happened at Aponmu-Owena, along Akure-Ondo road, a suburb in Ondo state.
An eyewitness said all occupants of the vehicle which included the reporter’s pregnant wife, Mrs Kehinde Akinwale, two children and a house maid of the NTA staff, died on the spot.
Akinwale, a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Akure was also the local chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), NTA Akure chapter until his death.
A staff with the organization revealed that the deceased was transferred from NTA Ikare, to NTA akure, where he was performing his duties brilliantly, and where he got along famously with his fellow staff members there.
Saharareporters gathered that the NTA staff, and his family, were returning from a function in Ondo to Akure, in order to attend church program scheduled for Sunday, February 2nd, as the pastor of the church.
Many witnesses who spoke to Saharareporters, disclosed that a teenager, and the traditional ruler from Osun State, were immediately rescued from the scene.
“A white Camry car belonging to one local traditional ruler in Osun State with his a teenager lost control when the convoy of the Deputy Governor rammed into them. They were immediately rushed to the hospital for medical attention.”
But another source told saharareporters that at the scene the driver of the traditional ruler, and a little girl in the vehicle died on their way before they could reach the hospital.
When Saharareporters visited the State General hospital in Akure, Four dead bodies were laid down on the floor of the hospital’s morgue with their bodies badly injured in the accident.
A doctor on duty who refused to comment officially,or give her name, did inform Saharareporters that the surviving monarch and two other people have since been transferred immediately to the Traumatic Centre of the hospital in Ondo town.
“We could not immediately attend to their condition here because they are in a critical condition that was why we referred them straight to the New Traumatic Centre in Ondo for more, she said.”
Meanwhile, Ali Olanusi, Press Secretary, Mr Daisi Ajayi has confirmed the incident stating that his boss was on his way to Ondo town on an official assignment when the incident occurred.
Daisi said one of the security cars in the convoy and the deputy governor’s spare car was badly damaged in the accident.
He said the Deputy Governor is now in the custody of medical doctors at the government house attending to treatment.
Akinloluwa was said to have survived the ghastly accident, and is receiving treatment at a family hospital in Akure.
Tragically, Alex Akinwale was just nursing the sudden death of his brother, Henry Akinwale, who had died just last week as a result of illness.
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