2 Injured journalists moved to UCH

NUJ president Garba with Fatimah Abdulkareem, NUJ National Treasurer at UCH


Fatimah Abdulkareem, National Treasurer, Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ) and the Oyo State Chairman of the union, Mr. Gbenga Opadotun who were injured in a a ghastly accident on Ilesa-Ibadan Expressway have been moved from Ladoke Akintola Teaching Hospital, Osogbo to University College Hospital (UCH).

They were moved to UCH on the orders of Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

The injured victims were received at the Accident and Emergency Unit of UCH Saturday.

The Chief of Staff to the Oyo State Governor, Dr. Adeolu Akande and Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Pastor Taiwo Otegbeye pledged that the state government would foot the bill of the victims in UCH.

They described the incident as very pathetic stressing that the government has urged the management of UCH to try its best in ensuring that the two NUJ officials in their care are given the best treatment.

NUJ president Garba with Fatimah Abdulkareem, NUJ National Treasurer at UCH
NUJ president Garba with Fatimah Abdulkareem, NUJ National Treasurer at UCH
In another development, the NUJ President, Mohammed Garba paid a condolence visit to the family of Mr. Tunde Oluwanike, NUJ Chairman, Ibadan Network, Federal Radio Nigeria, (FRCN) who died in the accident.

During the visit, he could not hold back tears when he saw the family members, friends and the colleagues of the deceased wailing and weeping as he assured that the union would not lack in its responsibility to the family of the deceased who died in active service.

He equally paid a visit to the two victims who are receiving treatment in UCH.

Two other journalists who died in the accident were: National Financial Secretary of the union, Mr. Adolphus Okonkwo and an official of the Nigerian Television Authority, Tejuoso, Lagos, Kafayat Odunsi,

The remaining five journalists who sustained injuries are receiving treatment at LAUTECH, Osogbo.

The NUJ has declared a seven day mourning in honour of the three dead members.

The National President of the NUJ, Malam Garba Mohammed, declared the mourning while addressing newsmen on the demise of the journalists in Osogbo on Saturday.

The accident occurred at about 7 p.m on Friday evening along Ilesa-Ile-Ife Highway when the victims were returning from Abuja.


  1. Its a shame that the lives of these notable nigerians had to loose their lives on the bad road that the government could have fixed by our money.
    May the souls of the departed ones rest in peace.Amen

  2. May God heal d sick and grant d departed soul perfect rest while also comforting their families!
    Most of these accidents and situations are avoidable if our stupid, hell-bound leaders can provide us gud roads and other basic amenities.my pple wnt be dying like ds.
    Wht am i even saying wen d mother of d first lady died like a fowl on a poorly managed Nigerian road??? Infact, big shame on all our stupid, pot-belle, empty head leaders!

  3. Nonsense!! D state govt doesn’t need to foot d hospital bill.Wht they Need to do is provide free health insurance, among other benefits to all and sundry just like in other countries.we gat d resources to do ds if our leaders want to.the fed, state and local govtsgovts dnt need to get to us individually based on our accessibility or connection wt them.all they need do is provide benefits fr d general community.there’re lots of other cases such as ds dt hv no access to d seat(s) of power.
    Imagine,fr political reasons and calculatn,d tax payers money is been used to fly out d slightly injured thugs in River state crisis out of d country fr medical treatment wen millions of more life threatening cases received no help.
    To be footing d bill is like giving one person out of d crowd,a glass of water to drink.instead of creating bore-hole or water-fountain fr all.and fr Christ’ sake Nigerians shd stop worshipping our national enemies called leaders cus of money.the more we do ds,d worse d future gonna be.let’s compel dem to do Wht we need dem to do.they are our servants aftall.
    Gud luck.

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