Five staff of Okomu Oil plc in Edo State were burnt to death while two sustained serious injuries in a road accident that occurred on Friday, February 14 evening.
The accident occurred along Iguobazuwa road in Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo State when the bus conveying the staff to the head office at Okomu from Extension 2 of the firm rammed into a lorry.
The two others who sustained serious injuries in the accident are said to be currently receiving treatment.
An eyewitness said help could not reach the staff as the bus burst into flames.
An official statement has not been issued by the company but a top official confirmed the death of their staff, describing the situation as said day for workers in the company.
“We are yet to confirm the number of our personnel involved but we have confirmed five. Two are in the hospital.
“They were coming to the head office from Extension 2. It is a sad day for us”, he said
Happening Now: Coalition Of Students’ Associations, IYC Shut NPDC, Benin Office
Coalition of students’ associations drawn from oil producing states in the Niger Delta in collaboration with Ijaw Youths Council, IYC, Westeny Zone have shut down the Benin branch of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC’s office.
As at the time of filing this report, the office at Airport Road, Benin was still under lock and key as both staff and visitors were restricted as there was no entry or exit.
One of the students who spoke to INFO DAILY but does not want his name mentioned, said the company’s management has been playing what he described as “prank” hence they they come to express their grievances.
He said, “They promised to organise a seminar with payment of stipend and a laptop to each participant. But on the day of the seminar, they came with laptop bag that had no laptop but only charger. And the stipend they promised to pay, they have been playing prank on us.”
As the time of filing this report, representives from the the protesting students and that of the IYC had been invited into to the company for a negotiation.
Deplorable State Of SARS Road: Group Calls For Wike’s Urgent Intervention
Group Known as Citizens Quest for Truth Initiative has called on the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, to take urgent and proactive measures towards remedying the deplorable condition of Celestine Omehia Road, popularly known as (SARS) Road in Port Harcourt.
The group, in a statement made available to INFO DAILY explained that “a call by some concerned residents the area recently made the Citizens Quest for Truth Initiative to embark on a special quest to see the true state of this important link road and report accordingly to relevant authorities.”
According to the group, “Omehia road is located between Rukpokwu and Rumuodumaya parts of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The peculiarity and importance of the road lies in the fact that it connects four different communities which includes Choba, Aluu, Rumuagholu and most importantly Port Harcourt International Airport. The road also leads to one of the international markets in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.”
The group noted that a young man by name Monday whom they met directing traffic during their inspection tour confirmed that the road actually got worst some months ago.
The group in the statement added that, another motorist, Mr Chukwuemeka in his testimony lamented havock the bad portion of the road has been causing vehicles was the high side, adding that he implored the government to find a lasting solution to the problem.
“Other road users’ lament how the portion of the road gets their vehicles damaged and waste their time on a daily basis.
“Also one of the Elders of Rumuodumaya, Mr Friday Nyesom Ekwe decried the neglect of the road by the state and the local government. He passionately appeals to both level of government to come to their aide.
“A Youth Leader, Mr Ejekwu Promise pleaded with the Governor of Rivers State, to support and prevail on the LGA Chairman, Bar. George Ariolu to swing into action and have the road fixed as the road falls within the jurisdiction of the Obio-Akpor LGA. He was specific about the need for a proper drainage as the absence of it caused the damage observed in different parts of the road.
“The government should be proactive in fixing the road to ease the movements of all and sundry,” it added.
The group furthermore advised Gov. Wike to expand the road and ensure there is drainage to forestall damages after the repairs or reconstruction of the road.
Tension In Niger Delta Creeks As Factional Ex-Militant Group Engage In Gun Duel
There was palpable tension, weekend, in the creeks of Delta State, as a group of peacekeepers, mainly ex-militants, engaged a notorious militant leader, sea pirate and kidnap kingpin, popularly known as MK and his gang in a heavy shootout that lasted several hours on Abigboro River, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.
MK and his gang have been allegely terrorising Edo and Delta states river-ways for a while.
It was gathered that since Saturday night, it was a total war between the militant leader and the ex-militants known as Creek Dragons, who laid siege to the two escape routes and confiscated a boat belonging to MK, which they took to Oporoza, the traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom.
It was learned that the militant leader and his boys beat a retreat after the shootout on Friday night, but there was apprehension in surrounding communities that the clash would continue.
The creek dragons reportedly working for government were instructed to invade the hideout of the militant leader and stop his rampaging attacks and kidnap activities.
Commissioner of Police, Delta State, Muhammed Ali, could not be reached, for comments and did not respond to SMS sent to his phone by VANGUARD.
However, Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Bright Edafe, in his response to Vanguard’s inquiry, said: “I am not aware yet.”
Chairman of Delta Waterways/Land Security Committee, Warri, Boro Opudu, who confirmed knowledge of the clash, promised to get back to Vanguard with details.
However, Senior Special Assistant, SSA, Security Matters, to the Governor of Delta State, Daniel Ezekiel, said: “In the confrontation that happened two nights ago (Friday) MK suffered a heavy casualty as one of his speed boats was seized in the battle and taken away to Oporoza.
“For MK to know that this time around it is not going to be business as usual, the two entrance points to the creek where he and his criminal gang are hiding have been blocked by creek dragons monitoring when and how they will move out.
“I want to use this medium to say thank you to security agencies and creek dragons for taking the battle to this notorious kidnapper.
“I call on the Chief of Army staff to establish a military base at their known hub in Edo State, which the criminal elements take as a safe haven,” he added.
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