August 24, 2016

Delta State Governor Okowa's Convoy Kills Elderly Man

There was serious tension last weekend as Governor Ifeanyi Okowa's convoy killed an elderly man in Umutu community, Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State.

The governor and his convoy were returning from the meeting of the Niger Delta Coastal States in Warri, jointly convened by E.K. Clark and Okowa, around 5-6 pm when the accident happened.

It was gathered that some journalists in the convoy of the governor narrowly escaped death during the accident but sustained severe injuries. The driver of the vehicle, whose name was given as Isaac, was also injured in the accident.

Narrating the incident to SR, a government house staff who was in the convoy said while returning from Warri after the event, the government house press crew bus in the governor's convoy that was carrying journalists and cameramen rammed into the elderly man who was driving a pickup vehicle.

According to the source, the elderly man was rushed to Abraka Hospital and then referred back to a hospital in Asaba where he died following shortage of blood and severe injuries.

"The bus that killed the man was driven by one of our drivers called Isaac. Several journalists and cameramen would have been dead by now but God saved them. So many of them were seriously injured and taken for treatment in government house clinic,” he said.

"Youths in the community almost unleashed terror on the convoy but the presence of the governor and other top government officials salvaged the situation which could have turned bloody. Governor Okowa had to personally come down from his car to appease the people. The driver as I talk to you now is still being detained in Asaba by the police," our source stated.

One of the journalists in the convoy who pleaded for anonymity said that the governor's convoy was in high speed when the accident occurred, adding that the governor did not caution his drivers to drive at a moderate, safe speed.

A source said Governor Okowa has concluded plans to send a government delegation to the family of the deceased elderly man to open a discussion on how to settle the matter for burial.


Hassan Aderemi said...

That's serious gbege!

samaila sulaiman said...

So sad

Chukwudumebi nwokolo said...

The opinion that the Governor’s particular vehicle was on top speed is difficult to believe because Delta State government has a close relationship with the State Command of the FRSC and it allows the FRSC to lead its drivers. However, that the press crew driver was driving recklessly is a possibility because such persons act with so much impunity. Delta should retrain its drivers to avoid a reoccurrence. May the soul of the man crushed by the accident rest in peace.

Domnic Okedi said...

Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa is a good man that means well for safer road use. His creation of Delta State Traffic Management Agency in less than one year of his administration sufficiently explains he has value for the preservation of human lives. Furthermore, that he came down as soon as he was informed of the unfortunate incident despite the fact that the press crew was at the tail of the convoy shows his sense of humility and respect for human lives not only as a medical doctor but as a good leader. Nevertheless, fact that the media crew and their driver were coming back from a ‘Sapele water region’ might have another explanation for this road crash. I suggest that the Governor directs that all drivers in his convoy are subjected to breathalyzer test before departure, This will help check any unforeseen ugly incident arising from drug or alcohol intake as common with drivers on such trips.

Harbolarkale Niyi said...

Can you imagine? When they need votes they behave nice and after they become governor problem starts.... Same with nassarawa governor

inumidun said...

C wetin careless driving don cause, cos dey r in power dey live recklessly n refuse 2 take caution..

Dididjon Paul said...

Life is gone.....our government driver should be properly retrain.

SPACO said...

Too bad, may his soul rest in Peace.

ats three said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww RIP to the departed. These drivers of politicians should be taught not to drive carelessly and with impunity.