Veteran journalist Adinoyi-Ojo Onukaba, dies in road accident.

Adinoyi-Ojo Onukaba, a seasoned journalist who served as senior special assistant to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, is dead.

TheCable gathered that he was involved in an accident while trying to avoid armed robbers on his way from the 80th birthday ceremony of former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, on Sunday.

Details of his death are still sketchy.

The deceased was a former managing director of Daily Times. He also worked with Obasanjo for many years.

He went into politics and wanted to be the governor of Kogi, where he hailed from, but did not succeed.

After the death of Abubakar Audu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 2015 governorship election, Onukaba was among the contenders for the ticket of the party in the supplementary election.

Yahaya Bello, the incumbent governor, eventually secured the ticket.

Shortly after Bello emerged, he called on the people of the state to support him, and advised the governor to improve the lot of the masses.

“Kogi is in serious crisis. A period of crisis portends danger and opportunity. He (Bello) can turn this crisis into an opportunity Kogi’s rebirth through good governance and exemplary leadership,” he had said in a statement.


Source: The Cable

Asari Dokubo Loses Wife To Road Accident

Zainab Asari Dokubo, wife of Mujahid Asari Dokubo, founder of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF), is dead.


She was reportedly involved in a motor accident while on her way to Ibadan, Oyo state capital, for a religious programme. Details of her death are still sketchy, but Rex Anighoro, spokesman of the NDPVF leader, confirmed the tragic incident.


I have been at the mortuary all day. I saw so many dead bodies; some very young, some old,” he told TheCable.


Life so wonderful, yet like vapor, like illusion. It is due dew! My heart skips. I am speechless. I am tired, I can’t even eat.


In a statement issued by the Oyo state Muslim community, Ishaq Sanni, head of the association, described the deceased as a devout Muslim. Sanni said she died alongside one of her friends.


She was a member of many Islamic organisations in Ibadan including Oluyole Muslim community under the Imamship of Imam Mudashir Bada,” he said.


It is interesting she was coming to her preferred town Ibadan when she met her destiny. She was survived by four children Amirah, Hassan, Hussain and Osama.


May Allah accept her multifarious and multidimensional jihad as acts Ibadah and admit her to jannat Firdaous.

LG Chairman Newly Sworn-In On Friday Dies In Road Accident

Dr Hosea Azi, who was sworn in as Chairman, Jos-East Local Government in Plateau on Friday, is dead, the state government announced on Monday.

The Governor, Mr Simon Lalong, in a statement in Jos, described Azi’s death in a motor accident at Garaku, Nasarawa State, on Sunday, as “very shocking”.

“I received the news of the sudden demise of the newly sworn-in Management Committee Chairman of Jos East Local Government Council, Dr Hosea Azi, with great shock,” Lalong said in the statement signed by his Director of Press Affairs, Mr Emmanuel Nanle.

The statement explained that Azi died in an accident on his way to Abuja, when the vehicle he was travelling in, rammed into a stationary truck resulting in the death of the Chairman and two others.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Azi was sworn in to replace Mr Sanda Daura, who was removed from office, “in response to the yearnings of the People of Jos East”.

Lalong described Azi as an astute politician and an academic of repute, who was appointed into government to provide the needed people-oriented leadership having garnered experience as a member of the Plateau House of Assembly.

The statement, however, debunked the initial speculation that Azi had the accident with kidnappers that were racing away with him toward an unknown destination.

“Family sources have dismissed such rumour; government has actually confirmed that the death occurred while he was on his way to a legitimate function in Abuja,” the statement said.

The governor expressed government’s condolences to the people of Jos- East, as well as the family of the deceased, and prayed God to grant everyone the fortitude to bear the loss.

Credit: NAN

How I Survived Road Accident- Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday spoke on his accident on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Saturday, saying he had a lucky escape.

Reliving how it all happened, Chief Obasanjo said the accident was caused by a burst tyre.

He said he was on his way to attend the 80th birthday celebrations of billionaire businessman Chief Kessington Adebutu in Lagos.

A statement by his media aide, Vitalis Ortese, reads: “The Office of … Obasanjo wishes to clarify that he is hale, hearty and away in Abidjan, Cote Ivoire, where he is observing the Presidential Elections holding in that country.

“The office also wishes to confirm, that on Saturday, October 24, 2015, Obasanjo was indeed involved in an accident on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, after Sagamu roundabout, while he was on his way to join in the celebrations of the 80th birthday anniversary of Chief Adebutu in Tinubu Methodist Church, Lagos.

“The vehicle, he was travelling in suffered a burst left tyre at the rear and swerved several times but did not hit any curb or any car in front or behind until it did a 180-degree turn and faced where it was coming from, and he had to change vehicles.

“Obasanjo wishes to convey his deep appreciation to all those, who by way of calls, personal messages and prayers, and indeed members of the general public, who have shown overwhelming concern about his welfare.”

Credit: NationOnline

Former Governor Akpabio involved in auto crash after disobeying traffic light

Former governor of Akwa Ibom state,  Godswill Akpabio on Monday morning escaped death narrowly after his car got involved in an accident along the Airport Road in Abuja, having violated traffic law.


An eye witness narrated that the Senate Minority Leader, was moving in a motorcade towards the City Gate when his vehicle ran into another car near the Bolingo Junction close to the Ship House.


“My wife and I were coming from the NNPC Mega Station and we stopped at the traffic light by Bolingo Hotel Junction. When the green light showed and we made to move, there was this siren blaring Mercedes Benz jeep that came from the town and almost crashed onto my car. I don’t know how we dodged but another that was behind the jeep hit the car behind me and tumbled on its side.



“I and my wife rushed out of our vehicle and helped the driver bring out his boss. When we brought him out, we found that it was former governor, Godswill Akpabio.


“At the time we brought him out, the siren was still blaring. We put him in the other vehicle and he was rushed to the National Hospital,” the witness told Premium Times.


He continued that Akpabio was badly shaken and was in a traumatic condition when he was brought out of the crashed vehicle, disclosing that the former governor was apparently rushing out of the city when his convoy beat the traffic and crashed.


The driver to the former governor, simply called David confirmed the accident to the online newspaper, adding that his boss was in stable condition. He however declined to speak on how the accident happened.