Tony Okecheme, the director of finance at the federal high court in Abuja, has been swept away by a heavy flood.
PUNCH reports that Okecheme was on his way to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in his official 2017 Toyota Camry when his car got stuck in the flood at Galadimawa roundabout, Abuja, on Friday.
Galadimawa is about 15 minutes away from the city center.
While the finance director was swept away by the flood, his driver was rescued and taken to Asokoro hospital, Abuja, by some young men in the area.
It was reported that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) officials who came to the scene failed to rescue Okecheme and his driver who were reportedly trapped in the flood for about an hour before the water swept away the director.
His car, which was filled with mud water, was later pulled out of the ravines by the rescuers.
Two young girls who claimed to be Okecheme’s children were seen weeping uncontrollably at the scene of the incident.
An FCT judiciary worker, who did not give his name, identified the car as belonging to Okecheme, noting that the man had sent him N40,000 in the morning.
Apart from Galadimawa, other parts affected by the flooding include Karu and Lokogoma.
Oyo Begins Enforcement of Law Against Overloading For Commercial Cyclists, Motorists
Commercial motor drivers with more than one passenger on the front seat as well as cyclists with more than one passenger would henceforth be arrested and prosecuted for violation of Oyo State Road Traffic Law.
This was disclosed on Monday by the Chairman, Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA), Mogaji Akin Fagbemi, at Ibadan while addressing journalists.
Fagbemi said the number of accidents attributed to overloading in the recent has risen, calling on all motorists to comply with the State Road Traffic Law (2019) that compelled motorists not to take more than a passenger at the front while commercial motorcyclists were also to take a passenger with compulsory use of crash helmet.
“Owing to the significant number of motorcycle-related road crashes recorded in the State in the last two quarters of the year, it has become imperative and expedient to fully and strictly implement the portion of the State Road Traffic Law 2019, which clearly stipulates that all motorists and motorcycles operating within the State should not at any point in time carry more than one passenger and must as well utilize the crash helmet.
“In the best interest of citizens of Oyo State, particularly as the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration is committed to the security of lives and properties of the people, the governor has directed, through OYRTMA that all commercial motorists and motorcycles must adhere strictly to the traffic law on the number of passengers to load, so as to avoid accident.”
Fagbemi reiterated the readiness of the State administration to put any offender caught violating the law through the legal process to serve as deterrence for others.
Accident Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Claims Five Lives
At least five persons have died in an accident which occurred along the Lagos Ibadan Expressway.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Ogun State Command, on Sunday in a report released confirmed this ugly development.
Contained in the report, the incident which involved one vehicle occurred around 21:10 pm on Saturday.
A total of 14 people which included 10 male and 4 female were involved, nine of which survived with injuries.
According to the State FRSC Commander, Clement Oladele, the Injured victims were rushed to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) Sagamu, for treatment, while the corpses of the dead victims were deposited at the hospital’s morgue.
While the true cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained, Oladele observed that it may have been as a result of over speeding.
He commiserated with the victims and enjoined members of the public whose relations travelled in the Ill-fated crash to contact the FRSC Command in Sagamu or the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) Sagamu, for further details.
The sector commander, however reiterated the need for motorists to drive cautiously within the recommended speed of 50 kilometers per hour at construction sites.
Revolution Now: Security agents attack protesters, brutalise septuagenarian in Osun
Members of “Revolution Now” led by the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Mr Omoyele Sowore, on Monday were attacked by security agents in Osogbo, the Osun State capital as they hit the streets for protest.
Also, a septuagenarian, Mrs Sariyu Akanmu, a hawker, who joined the protesting youths was seriously brutalised by the combined forces of operatives of DSS, Police, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Recall that the presidency has since declared Sowore’s call for revolution a treasonable felony, which led to his arrest on Friday by operatives of the Department of Security Service (DSS).
The protesters, after addressing pressmen at NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel early Monday morning subsequently move to hit the street in protest but were violently accosted, brutalised and arrested, including the leader of the group.
Earlier in his address, the leader of the group, Comrade Olawale Adebayo said the call for revolution by Sowore was necessitated by seeming ineptitude and insensitive of the Buhari led administration.
He said every member of the group was convinced that there was an urgent need for Nigerians to clamour for change in the political order and entrenchment of selfless leadership.
He said: The coalition for revolution and other concerned Nigerians all over the nation, and precisely in Osun state today aligned with the pains of the voiceless and oppressed Nigerians, having observed the spate of joblessness, insecurity, hunger, modulated workers salary and fraudulent implication of the Contributory Pension Scheme in Nigeria and especially Osun state.
” We are also worried about the menace of estimated electricity billing and epileptic power supply, coupled with the destruction of farms by herdsmen, the inconsiderate and insensitive levies being imposed on our artisans, Okada riders, drivers and traders in the state. We hereby maintain that we have inalienable, constitutional and fundamental human rights to peacefully protest the inadequacies.
“We, therefore, demand the unconditional release of Omoyele Sowore and an end to systemic corruption, brutality, harassment and intimidation, especially in the student populated areas in Osun state and the country at large”.
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