Oyo: Four journalists escape death in auto crash

IBADAN based journalists, Idowu Ayodele, Sikiru Akinola, Remi Oladoye and Bola Olalere on Monday cheated death as they narrowly escaped in a ghastly auto crash which occurred along Igbeti expressway, Olorunsogo local government area of Oyo state.

They were Remi Oladoye of National Insight, Idowu Ayodele (Mega Icon Magazine), Sikiru Akinola (Inside Oyo) and Bola Olalere (Oyo Herald and Lekki Express Magazines).

The journalists were billed to cover the annual Igbeti Tourism Carnival 2018 and investigate the activities of  bandits kidnapping on Igbeti-Igboho road and Saki axis of the state.

Also, our reporter reliably gathered that the four had left Ibadan around 8am, from Sango.

It was a smooth ride all along from Ibadan as learnt, until 3km away from the marble city, Igbeti shortly after they left the Yakooyo Farms of ex – governor of Oyo state, Rashidi Ladoja in Ikoyi-Ile, headquarters of Orire local government when a child of about 3-year old, suddenly strayed onto the road, at Dogo area of the town.

Mega Icon Magazine also learnt that conceded collective decision by the quartet to rescue the soul of the innocent boy who was already in the middle of the expressway and whose mother and others were busy discussing by the roadside was responsible for the accident as Olalera, who was behind the wheel had to apply the brake to preserve the toddler’s life who just appeared in the middle of the road from nowhere.

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Despite the impact, no one suffered any life-threatening injuries, our reporter confirmed.

“The car skidded off the road and somersaulted thrice in an attempt to save the life of a 3 year old boy who just appeared in the middle of the road  from nowhere.

“ None of the villagers responded immediately until about few minutes later. We all came out with little injuries. Remi later came out, followed by Ayo and Bola who opened the door for me. I came out, thinking I was okay. People were afraid of moving toward us, thinking we couldn’t survive it. But before then, I was shocked; I was afraid of seeing corpse (s). As I moved round to assess things, I fell down; my right kneecap has been dislocated.

The survivors – L-R; Olalere, Idowu, Akinola and Oladoye at Igbeti Tourism Carnival 2018 after the accident

“Later, we started looking for the innocent child. There he was, playing with a leaf, not knowing what happened. Seeing him alive energized us. We placed calls to people, for medical assistance”, one of the road crash survivors, Sikiru Akinola who spoke with our reporter narrated the tragic story,

He continued, ” soon, the lawmaker representing Irepo/Oorelope/Olorunsogo federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Barrister Oladele Olatubosun, who had got wind of the development, sent Wale Oscar, one of his aides to us with a car, for immediate journey to the hospital for examinations and treatment. The nurses at Igbeti General Hospital were awesome.

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“The lawmaker, I guessed, had alerted them; they were waiting for us. Mega Icon Magazine (www.megaicon magazine.com) Chief reporter, Ayo sustained head injury, while National Insight news Editor, Remi, with damage on his right hand and the publisher, Oyo Herald Magazine, Bola with cuts on his lips.

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“To God be the glory, after relaxing for some hours we left for the tourism event, and later returned to our hotel rooms in the evening.

“We have to thank Hon Oladele , who foot all the bills and returned us to Ibadan on Tuesday”, he added.

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