By Funke Busari
Judiciary correspondents in Lagos State have commiserated with the national union of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) over the death of three of their colleagues who were involved in a ghastly auto accident at the Osu axis of Ilesa, Osun State on Friday.
In a statement jointly signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Lagos State branch of the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC’), Messrs Tunde Opeseitan and Gbenga Soyele respectively, NAJUC, described the incident as sad and shocking.
In a condolence statement on Sunday, the association lamented the sad development, and prayed God to grant the injured journalists quick recovery.
According to the statement,”this is indeed a difficult moment for the immediate family of the affected journalists, the media family and indeed the nation.
“We pray that God in His infinite mercy shall grant the deceased eternal rest and also grant all of us, especially the immediate family, the fortitude to bear the great loss.
“We wish the Lagos NUJ Chairman, Mr Deji Elumoye; the Secretary, Mr. Sylva Okereke and indeed all other injured journalists quick recovery.
“Most importantly, we urge the media organizations of the affected journalists to ensure that adequate and necessary compensation are paid to the deceased”.
NUJ’s National Financial Secretary, Mr. Adolphus Okonkwo; the NUJ Chairman, Radio Nigeria, Ibadan Network Centre, Mr. Tunde Oluwanike; and an official of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Tejuoso, Lagos, Kafayat Odunsi all died in the accident while ten others sustained serious injuries.
The victims, who were in a bus coming from Abuja en-route Lagos before the fatality, had attended a crucial meeting at the national headquarters of the NUJ in Abuja.
The bus bearing the deceased and injured journalists had its rear tyre burst on speed which caused it to somersault several times and veered off the road into the bush.