By Osagie Otabor, Benin
Oshiomhole postpones campaign flag-off
It was all tears at the premises of the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Benin on Saturday following the news of the death of three journalists in the convoy of Governor Adams Oshiomhole which was involved in a road accident.
The accident was reported to have occurred along Auchi-Warrake road when Oshiomhole’s backup vehicle conveying security personnel and the Government House Press bus carrying journalists had a head-on collision with a tipper lorry.
Oshiomhole was returning from Owan East Local Government where he received former Deputy Governor of the state, Rev. Peter Obadan into the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
Those who died in the accident included the driver of the press bus whose name was given as Samson, Olatunji Jacob , a reporter with the Independent Television, George Okosun , also of the Independent Television and a Cameraman of the African Independent Television, Fidelis Ohani.
Other journalists in the vehicle who are currently in critical condition are Bright Osifo of the Edo Broadcasting Service, George Enofe, a government house photographer, David Acha, a cameraman with the Nigerian Observer and Paul Ezenwa, a cameraman with DBN.
Others are Rosemary Obayuwana with Bronze FM, officials of the State Ministry of Information whose names were given as Asika, Emaku and Odeh and an official of the National Orientation Agency, Mrs. Obamogie.
An official statement is yet to be issued by the state government but a source at the scene said the car in which Governor Oshiomhole was in missed the on-coming tipper lorry by the whiskers before it collided with other vehicles in the convey.
Chief Security Detail of Governor Oshiomhole and other security personnel are also in critical condition.
As at press time, those who survived the accident have been conveyed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.
Meanwhile, Governor Adams Oshiomhole has postponed the planned flag-off of his gubernatorial campaigns scheduled to hold at the Kings Square in Benin City.
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