TWO policemen and a tricycle rider on Thursday lost their lives after a petrol tanker rammed into the convoy of the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr. Nsima Ekere.
Ekere was leading an entourage to receive Acting President Yemi Osinbajo in Calabar, Rivers State, when the incident happened along Calabar-Itu Road.
It was gathered that while one of the policemen in the convoy and a tricycle rider died on the spot, another policeman was said to have breathed his last at the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.
The Director, Corporate Affairs, NDDC, Mr. Toye Abosede, said the managing director of the commission was not hurt in the accident.
Abosede, who spoke on the telephone with our correspondent, said, “A petrol tanker rammed into the convoy of the NDDC MD, killing two policemen and a civilian. The pilot vehicle of the convoy was hit by the petrol tanker.
“The impact of the accident affected the tricycle rider. One of the policemen died on the spot. The other policeman, who was rushed to UNIUYO Teaching Hospital, died at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.”
Abosede explained that some members of the entourage, who were affected by the accident, were currently receiving treatment at the hospital.
A later statement by Abosede read in part, “The convoy of the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr. Nsima Ekere, was involved in a road accident.
“The incident, occurred along the Calabar-Itu Road when a petrol tanker ran into the pilot vehicle carrying policemen attached to the NDDC MD, who was on his way to Calabar to receive the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
“The victims were immediately taken to a nearby hospital where they are receiving urgent medical attention for injuries. Members of the entourage in other vehicles were unhurt in the unfortunate incident.”
Buhari not a democrat, must be sacked in 2019 – Atiku averred
POLITICS – Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being undemocratic despite coming to power in 2015 through a democratic process.
Atiku stated this on Thursday when he visited Kogi State delegates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
He debunked the insinuation that he currently holds grudge against his former boss, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
“I will continue to express my reservations on the willingness of President Buhari to hand over power. I have a simple and straight explanation for this. When Buhari took over power in 1983, they asked him of his transition to civil rule, then he responded, he doesn’t have.
“My stand is that one, he is not a democrat. Secondly, he is only using democracy to go back to power. If he loses election in 2019, he must hand over power” Atiku averred.
NYSC member battling for life after soldier’s assault in Kaduna camp
The corper, set to complete his service next month, had been appointed to the brigade band to train the current corps members. However, at the end of the parade, he excused himself and was planning to leave when a female soldier stopped him and said he couldn’t go.
He allegedly tried to explain to the soldier that he had to leave, as he is not bounded by the camp rules, but the soldier started harassing him. A male soldier later joined his colleague and kicked the corper, who fell and landed awkwardly on his head. The soldier was said to have pulled him up with his belt, raised him high and dropped him, making him faint immediately.
The victim was then rushed to the camp clinic, where preliminary assessment showed that he broke his neck in the process. He was later rushed out of the camp to a clinic and it’s being rumored that he is now between life and death.
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