Family members, friends, neighbours and other sympathisers on Thursday thronged the residence of Alhaja Fausat Adediran to commiserate with her over the death of her daughter, Barakat.
The lady was among those crushed to death by a tanker which suffered a brake failure and overran traders and others at Bode Market in the Molete area of Ibadan, Oyo State on Sunday. She will be 25 on August 15.
The woman, popularly known as Iya Ijesa, was surrounded by mourners and her eyes filled with tears as she looked lost in the midst of those consoling her and praying to God to give her the fortitude to bear the loss.
Some co-traders, family members and the bereaved mother described the deceased as hardworking and an enterprising young lady who was always ready to help her mother and family members.
The 24-year-old lady was said to have studied Mass Communication at The Polytechnic, Ibadan. After completing the National Diploma programme, she enrolled in a fashion institute and completed the programme with a low-key graduation on May 24. She was said to have applied for a Higher National Diploma before her death.
The bereaved mother in a brief interview with our correspondent said her daughter knew she was going to die but hid it from her. But the sympathisers said she probably would not have gone out if she knew she would die in an accident that day.
The mother however said, “Barakat knew she was going and that was why she told a young child that usually visited her that she would travel. But she had no intention to travel anywhere except this journey of no return on Sunday. She was such a pleasant and hard working girl.
The traditionalists at Bode Market told us that we should not open the market for seven days because they foresaw a strange happening and I complied. Barakat told me that she would go to the market to help me on that day and I should stay at home.
“I was told she got to the market and was paying the motorcyclist who took her there when the truck hit her and the motorcyclist. Both of them died.”
Barakat’s brother Adegoke Fajaye, who moved into the family house to console his grieving mother, said he was told that his sister saw the truck late and ran but she was electrocuted by the electric cable which dropped immediately the tanker hit the electric pole before veering inside the market. He said she was caught in the web of the cables and was crushed by the tanker.
He said, “She just got to the market and was paying the okada rider who took her there when she looked back and saw the truck which had lost control. She was said to have been caught in the web of electric cables that fell after the tanker hit an electric pole before crushing everybody and everything on its path into the market.”
The brother said the family retrieved the corpse and buried her immediately according to Islamic rites. Asked if the owner of the tanker had reached out to the family, he replied that no one had got in touch with the family.
“We have left everything to God. We believe he counted us to be among the families affected by the tragedy. We cannot query God,” he added.
Friends of Barakat on her Facebook page also expressed sadness over her death. Those injured were said to have been taken to different hospitals. Some of the traders at the market who escaped the incident said traditionalists warned of an impending disaster and asked the traders to shut the market and perform some rituals to avert any danger.
One of the traders at the market, Alhaja Kikelomo Afolabi, told PUNCH that she didn’t open her shop for some days, adding that some people disobeyed the directive.
She said, “During the annual celebration of herb seekers, there was an instruction that the market should be closed for seven days. But to our surprise, some elderly ones said they would not comply with the directive.
The market leaders discovered that since some traders opposed the directive, it was better to make compliance optional. Some closed their shops while others obeyed.’’
Afolabi, who expressed gratitude to God for sparing her life from the accident, said though she lost some goods to the accident, she would forever be grateful to God for not allowing her to die in the crash.
She said, “I can say disobedience of some was responsible for the disaster. But God demonstrated his love towards me and I will forever be grateful to Him. Some lost their lives not because they committed any sin but because some people decided to violate a directive to close the shops.
The accident affected my shop but I was not around. But some hoodlums broke into the kiosk and stole rice and few other items there but I was still able to recover some goods. Even if I lost all my goods, how much is that compared to a life. I pray God will comfort the families of those killed by the truck.’’
Another trader, Olaide Adewolu, popularly known as Arabambi, told our correspondent how her son escaped being crushed to death by the truck. She said the vehicle destroyed her goods, thanking God for not allowing her, her husband and child to die in the accident.
Adewolu said, “My husband and I were at the side of the road talking on the day of the incident. My child was already at the shop. My husband just bid me goodbye and as I was about to cross, I saw a truck coming but I didn’t know that the driver had lost control. I heard a bang as it hit the pole and before my eyes, the truck veered into the market and crushed everything on its path.
“My stalls were crushed and I realised that my 10-year-old child was there attending to a customer. He saw the truck coming towards where he was and fled. He fell down as he was running away but fortunately for him, the truck fell before it got to where my child ran to. He heard the noise and was frightened. He stood up and started running again and that was when he sustained injuries.
“The vehicle did not get to where he was but he was afraid and as he jumped over tables and other things to escape, some objects cut his body. He is fine now and has resumed school. My son told me that he was attending to a customer when the accident happened, I can’t say if the customer survived or not because there was commotion.’’
Narrating how the accident happened, Biodun Omotola, who lives near the market, told our correspondent that the casualty figure would have been higher if the accident happened in the afternoon or evening.
He said, “The traders arrived one after the other. Some just opened while others were preparing to open when the gas truck crashed into the market. We were told that the vehicle suffered brake failure at Oba Oba area and crushed two persons to death. Some okada riders pursued the truck not knowing that it would still kill more.
“I think the driver also struggled to stop the truck but it was hard for him. A tricycle was parked beside a huge refuse bin and passengers were either alighting or entering when the truck rammed into it. The tricyclist didn’t but I cannot say what happened to his passengers. The lady that was killed just got to the market. She was paying a motorcyclist who brought her when the truck crushed both her and the okada rider.’’
About 72 hours after the crash, traditional worshippers were asked to perform rituals. Our correspondent saw one of the Ogun worshippers dragging and rubbing the severed head of a dog on the road in front of the market. The man rubbed the dog’s severed head more at the spot where the truck crashed into the market. Some of the traders called on the man to rub the dog’s head where their shops are located. After acceding to their requests, he buried the head of the animal.
Akeem Ajayeoba, who identified himself as Oluwo said with the performance of necessary rituals, the market, traders and their customers would not be free from disasters.
He said, “As you can see, we have sacrificed to Ogun. This was what was supposed to have been done before now and we are just doing it today. It is better than they agreed that we should do it. There will not be any disaster in the market again.”
Though the accident happened in the morning, the rescue team could not remove the truck because of its weight and volatility of its content. The fire-fighters were seen spraying the tanker with water intermittently to cool to avoid possible explosion.
One of the residents, Nurudeen Ibrahim, who spoke to our correspondent on the issue, urged the government to equip allied agencies in charge of rescue operations.
He said, “One thing I observed about the accident is that our level of preparedness for disasters is grossly inadequate. The Oyo State Fire Services Agency, Federal Fire Service and the Federal Road Safety Corps came but they could not remove the gas truck from where it fell. I agree that they needed to be careful to remove it because it was loaded.
“The accident happened around 8am but they could not remove the tanker till late in the evening when I left. The fire-fighters were just spraying water on the truck to cool the temperature so that it would not explode. I don’t know what would have happened if the weather was hot. God was so good to us because the weather was cool that day.’’
ELEVATION OF OLU-ADDE OF EKINRIN-ADDE ROYAL STOOL TO FIRST CLASS STATUS BY THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF KOGI STATE, HIS EXCELLENCY YAHAYA ADOZA BELLO: HEARTY APPRECIATION
His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, Kogi State Governor, Government House, Lokoja.
Through: The Honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
Your Excellency Sir,
With gratitude in our hearts and deep appreciation to your excellency,
we write to convey the eternal joy of the entire people of Ekinrin-Adde, home and in diaspora, for the great honour done to our community by your administration through the elevation of the stool of Olu-Adde of Ekinrin-Adde to the status of First Class in the Kogi State Traditional Council.
Our people and generations to come owe your excellency and your administration a great depth of gratitude for this unprecedented demonstration of goodwill and love. Whenever the history of Ekinrin-Adde is read, a special place of honour will always be reserved for you.You have really made us proud.
While wishing your Excellency’s administration continued success, we pray that God will take you from glory to higher glory in your future political aspirations and endeavors. we register our profound appreciation to your Excellency and your very dynamic and digital team of creative thinkers for this monumental elevation. You can always count on our support for your administration.
Elder Deinde .T. Komolafe (National General Secretary Ekinrin-Adde Community Development Association) on behalf of HRM Oba Anthony Bamigbaiye Idowu, AHEMAWORO 1, The Olu-adde of Ekinrin-Adde, The Olu-Adde in Council, the good people of Ekinrin-Adde Community Home and Abroad.
First Bank:We’re Yet To Receive Notice Of Otedola’s Majority Shares
Following the report of the founder and chairman of the Geregu Energy Group, Femi Otedola, acquiring the majority shares of FIrst Bank, FBN Holdings (FBNH) Plc, the Company stated it is yet to receive notification to that effect.
According to the statement sent by FBNH to the investing public on the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited signed by the company secretary, Seye Kosoko, the attention of FBNH had been drawn to media reports on October 22, 2020 purporting that a certain individual has acquired significant shareholding interest in the Company, therefore making him the majority shareholder in the Company.
The statement further said that “As a listed Company, the shares of FBNH are publicly traded and sale and acquisition of shares is expected in the normal course of business. We operate in a regulated enrolment, which requires notification of significant shareholding by shareholders to the Company, where shares are held in different vehicles, further to which the Company will notify the regulators and the public as appropriate.
FBNH stated it is yet to receive any notification from the individual mentioned in the media report of such acquisitions, saying that FBNH will always notify the appropriate agencies and authorities whenever it receives any notice of significant shareholding by the shareholders and the company’s registrars.
It was reported that Otedola has been acquiring the shares of the FBNH through a vehicle, Calvados Global Services Limited. It is also likely that there could be other vehicles associated with Otedola who may have also been mopping up shares. FBNH currently has 34.7 billion of its shares floating freely meaning it is held by diverse shareholders. This makes the shares easy to acquire on the stock exchange.
Nairametrics said, “Otedola, through his proxies and investing vehicles, now owns over five per cent of the bank, setting himself up to be the single largest shareholder of the bank.
In the first half (H1) of the year ended June 30, 2021, FBNH reported a profit after tax of N38 billion up from N35 billion same period in 2020. Speaking on the H1 performance of the Company, the Group managing director, U.K. Eke said, “FBN Holdings delivered a resilient performance in the half year, reflective of our focus on strengthening the organisation in recent years.
“We remain committed to our strategic objective of driving further stability in performance, as well as delivering sustainable growth over the years to come. In line with our focus on revenue diversification, we continue to grow our non-interest income as we progressively become a more transaction-led institution and implement innovative and technological driven measures to improve overall efficiency.
“The macro and socio-economic conditions remain challenging given the COVID-19 pandemic and the low-interest rates environment. While these points negatively impacted overall revenue generation, we are confident that FBNH can navigate this challenging operating environment and keep delivering sustained innovative solutions that enrich customer experience as well as deepen financial inclusion.”
Omu Resort Takes Corporate Social Responsibility To New Level
Nigeria’s foremost resort, Omu Resort has taken its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), to an all-new height.
The family recreational and educational center located in the rainforest of Bogije, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos State boasts a plethora of fun activities including a state-of-the-art freshwater Seaworld, Museum, Animal Kingdom, Green House, Wax Museum, and an array of amusement rides.
The management of Omu Resort recently took its CSR works to a new height when in collaboration with the Bogije Branch of the Dredgers Association of Nigeria (DAN), it kicked off a multi-million Naira rehabilitation of the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Way.
Prior to now, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Way was one of the worst in the community; however, it took a turn for the better years back when Omu Resort kick-started an annual intervention project of maintaining the road.
However, the road has now taken a whole new look with the Bogije Branch of DAN collaborating with Omu Resort leading to the massive rehabilitation currently going on.
Speaking on what motivated the current exhaustive rehabilitation of the road, the General Manager of Omu Resort, Moji Ibaze said: “We have constantly paid year-in-year-out to have the road maintained, we are aware of the fact that we had invested billions in our resort. There was just no point having such a tourist attraction in place with no accessible roads.
“We had made overtures to the Lagos State government, but they have not been forthcoming. This year, the road had been unmotorable, hence the decision to partner with the Bogije branch of the Dredgers Association of Nigeria and do a thorough overhaul of the road.
“Needless to say that more work still needs to be done in the area of desilting and drainage flow.”
Reacting to the ongoing rehabilitation, Akeem Alade, a shop owner at Bogije market described the ongoing work on the road as a welcomed development. According to him, the road had been a pity sight, as traders at the Bogije Market are known to always empty their dirt into the drainage. When men are seen evacuating the waste, all they do is dump it by the roadside except on rare occasions when they cart them away, they hardly take the waste away, so they end up washing up into the drainage again when it rains. He noted that with the new look of the road; motorists and other road users would heavy a sigh of relief.
“This is a welcome development; you need to see what this road was like before this intervention. It has taken the duo of the resort and the association to bail us out of this situation and we really appreciate their effort.”
Bayo Adelaja while appreciating the efforts of those behind the road maintenance project wondered when it became the responsibility of associations and owners of businesses concerns to maintain roads, as he questioned the seemingly carefree attitude of the political representatives of the community.
“It is a shame that the politicians that we elected to represent us hardly think of our interest, the maintenance of this road is supposed to be the government’s business, but it has taken two private entities to solve a major challenge that dates back several years, what are the political representatives that we have at the federal, state and local government level doing, some of them even access this road?”
Omu Resort has become notable for treating both local and international guests a unique experience of the wonders of nature.
Sighted on a serene landmass of approximately 22 hectares and boarded to the North by the imposing clear waters of Omu Creek, the resort offers menicus coaster, water slides, a speed boat ride among others.
Having expanded its water slides to include speed slides and with the arrival of the resort’s Giraffes, Elan and Zebras, Omu Resort is definitely the place to be.
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