NUJ Chair, 3 Family Members Killed In Auto Crash

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Four persons yesterday died in a multiple accident involving the convoy of Ondo State deputy governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi.

A traditional ruler, the Osunmakinde of Ife Tuntun, Osun State, Oba Obawure Taofeek Olaposi, who was seriously injured in the crash, and a teenager who was riding with him, are on admission in Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Akure. The corpses of the deceased were said to have also been deposited at the hospital mortuary.

The deceased are the Chairman of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Alex Akinwale, his wife, Rebecca, who was a staff in the Marketing Department of the NTA, Akure, their daughter, Pauline, and their maid. The Akinwales first child, Paul, who was also involved in the crash, however, survived. The deputy governor also escaped death.

According to eyewitnesses, the crash occurred at Apomu-Owena along Akure–Ondo Road when a white Toyota Camry car belonging to the monarch ran into Olanusi’s convoy among other vehicles while trying to overtake.

The driver of the Camry was reported to have dangerously overtook the vehicles and, in the process, rammed into oncoming vehicles including those in the deputy governor’s convoy resulting in the multiple accident.

The NTA couple were coming from Ondo town after attending a burial ceremony.

It was gathered that the Camry rammed into the couple’s car before hitting the deputy governor’s convoy.

The Chief Press Secretary to the deputy governor, Mr Daisi Ajayi, said his principal was on his way to Ondo for an official assignment when the incident occurred.

According to him, one of the security cars in Olanusi’s convoy was badly damaged as a result of the incident.