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Friday, 30 December 2016

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Traders said the CBN told banks to prioritise airlines, manufacturing firms, petroleum products imports and the agriculture sectors, the sectors worst hit by the dollar shortage, in the auction.
“The CBN sold $1 billion at last week’s special forex auction and directed banks to issue fresh letters of credit to reflect the amount sold in favour of the affected sectors,” a senior currency trader told Reuters.
Traders said the Central Bank sold 30-day and 60-day forwards at the auction. On December 19, the apex bank instructed commercial lenders to submit their backlog of dollar demand from fuel importers, airlines, raw materials and machinery for manufacturing firms and agricultural chemicals for the special forex intervention.

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40,000 seized bags of rice shared to IDPs camps, says Customs
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THE Customs has seized over 40,000 bags of rice recent time, it was learnt.
Deputy Comptroller-General Mr. Umar Ilya, said the bags of rice were shared among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.
He spoke yesterday at a joint media briefing with Acting Director General of National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Mrs. Yetunde Oni on the suspected seized plastic rice.
Ilya, who was responding to a question, said: “We have seized over 40,000 bags of rice since the ban on importation of rice through the border. Those are rice shared to the IDP camps after we tested and certified them suitable for consumption.”
At the briefing, the two agencies put to rest the alleged report of importation of plastic rice into the country.
Laboratory result released by NAFDAC showed the rice was not plastic as suspected.
The country was thrown into panic early this month when a report said Customs  intercepted some bags of imported plastic rice meant for distribution during the Yuletide.
But Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole debunked the report after preliminary studies.
He said there was no truth in the report, assuring Nigerians there was no cause for alarm.
The final result made public yesterday confirmed the earlier declaration by the minister.
NAFDAC, however, said the rice failed other integrity test, which ruled it out for human consumption.
Mrs. Oni said the rice was contaminated, not suitable for human consumption and should be destroyed.
She said: “Based on the laboratory result, the product is not plastic but rice contaminated with micro-organisms above permissible limit. Hence, the seized rice consignment is unsatisfactory and therefore unwholesome for human consumption. The consignment upon handover by the NCS shall be destroyed
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“You may recall that recently, our operatives in Lagos intercepted a consignment of rice, based on credible intelligence. Customs action was based on earlier intelligence received from the Office of National Security Adviser, alerting us and other frontline agencies that large consignments of plasticised rice were said to be shipped from the Far East to Africa.
“As the largest market for imported rice in Africa, Customs took the alert serious and charged officers to watch out for such imports that do not conform to regulatory requirements.
“When the consignments of rice in question were brought to Customs warehouse, our apprehension became heightened when we observed glaring lapses in the packaging. The bags of rice had no NAFDAC number, batch number, manufacturing or expiry dates. We could also not see any detail about the manufacturers on the bag. We were left with no option than escalating our findings to the agency that is statutorily charged with the responsibility of confirming the true status of the import.
“As required by law, officials of NAFDAC were invited to draw samples for laboratory analysis. However as we know social media works in our clime, the outcome we are about to hear today was pre-empted.”

Monday, 7 July 2014

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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Insecurity: CAN declares 31-day fasting, prayers
•From left: Chaplain, Christian Welfare Initiative (CWI), Rev. Michael Ekuran; Southwest Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and CWI President, Archbishop Magnus Atilade; CWI member, Mrs. Njideka Anyadike and Yinka Oni at the media briefing in Lagos...yesterday PHOTO: DAVID ADEJO

Insecurity: CAN declares 31-day fasting, prayers

The Chairman of the Southwest Zone of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Archbishop Magnus Adeyemi Atilade, yesterday called for 31 days of national fasting and prayers to save Christians and other Nigerians from danger.
Addressing reporters in Lagos, Atilade said: “Christians all over Nigeria, particular in the Southwest, should embark on prayers and fasting beginning on January 14 till to February 14 to abate insurgencies and invite peaceful coexistence of Nigerians, irrespective of our religious differences.”
The cleric decried the high rate of attacks on Christians and the loss of their property to incessant sect attacks in the North.
He urged all Southwest residents to partake in the spiritual exercise without exemption but with specific prayer points.
Atilade said: “Christians all over Nigeria should pray that the religious carnage in the North shall be eliminated rather than it being replicated in other parts of the country. According to 2013 World Watch List report, 66 per cent of Christians killed globally were Nigerians. So, we need to pray for the church in Nigeria that every conspiracy that has been conceived against believers in 2014 shall fail.
“Each fasting day, according to the Christian Welfare Initiative, will be rounded-off with collective prayers to intercede for the government and our leaders, the sustainability of the Christian community with prayers at 9am and 9pm each day.”
Presidency under attack over shooting of senator

Presidency under attack over shooting of senator

Youths protest
Senate calls for probe
Tinubu, David-West, CNPP, MOSOP, others condemn police action
There was outrage across the country yesterday over Sunday’s shooting of Senator Magnus Abe in Port Harcourt, Rivers State by policemen.
The popular thinking was that Police Commissioner Mbu Joseph Mbu would not have ordered his men to visit violence on innocent citizens without the backing of the Presidency.
 Mbu said he ordered his men to smash a rally by the Save Rivers Movement (SRM) – a non-governmental body with affiliation to Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Tear gas canisters and rubber bullets were fired. Amaechi’s Chief of Staff Tony Okocha was hit in the leg. Abe was hit in the chest. He is believed to be receiving treatment in France, contrary to reports yesterday that he had been moved to Britain.
The Senate called for a probe.
Abe’s Ogoni kinsmen seized the East-West road in protest.
APC leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Prof. Tam David-West, a Rivers indigene, and the conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) condemned the police action.
There was no word from the police headquarters in Abuja.
The leadership of the Senate condemned in “strong terms” Abe’s shooting by the police.
In a statement by its spokesman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate “deplored the escalating political violence in Rivers State”. It urged Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar to probe the incident and ensure that it does not recur.
The statement warned politicians to avoid overheating the polity and derailing the nation’s democracy.
“The Senate particularly condemns the Sunday violence which resulted to injuries on a serving senator, Magnus Abe,” Abaribe stated.
Abaribe said the “Senate is disturbed that what should have been a peaceful gathering turned violent, resulting in injuries”.
He added: “On this score, the Senate associates itself with the admonition of President Goodluck Jonathan on his pronouncement to mark the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, wherein he warned that no Nigerian blood is worth spilling in the name of politics.
“Consequently, the Senate urges the Inspector General of Police to investigate the latest incident and ensure that it never reoccurs.
“In the same vein, the Senate advises politicians and their supporters to exercise greater restraint and avoid acts that will not only overheat the system but may harm the country’s democracy.”
Prof. David-West, a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, expressed serious worry over the worsening political climate in Rivers State.
The university don, who condemned the shooting, likened the political situation in the state to that of the Western Region in the First Republic which, he said, contributed to the outbreak of the civil war.
David-West described Abe as a complete gentleman who does not deserve the treatment he got from the police.
The former minister described the attack as “the lowest depth of indecency”.
He said: “To attack somebody like that because of politics is the lowest depth of indecency. I am very ashamed as a Rivers man that all these are happening in my state. It is a great disservice to President Jonathan. Police are acting with impunity because they know they enjoy protection from the Presidency and the Inspector General of Police.
“President Jonathan should remember what happened in the Western Region, which ultimately contributed to the civil war. Anybody who sits in Abuja and is happy should have a rethink. It is not good for the state. It is not good for the country. I am very worried. With what is happening, I see a very dark cloud stretching from the Niger Delta waters to the sands of the Sahara desert. The dark cloud could consume all of us if they do not stop.
“If it does not stop, 2015 will be in jeopardy. We have never had politics this bad in Nigeria. There is politics of bitterness, ethnic problems and so.
“Senator Abe is a very gentle man. He belongs to an ethnic group. By doing this, police and their backers are stoking the fire of trouble. They should stop,” he said.
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) promised to hold President Goodluck Jonathan responsible for the crisis in Rivers – if he does not intervene.
The umbrella body of opposition parties was angry over the shooting of Abe and others: “in the presence of CP Mbu at a peaceful rally organised by the All Progressives Congress affiliate, Save Rivers Movement in Rivers State.”
Jonathan, CNPP said, should as a matter of urgency order the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar to transfer Mbu out of Rivers.
A statement in Abuja by the National Publicity Secretary, Osita Okechukwu, said: “Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) calls on President Goodluck Jonathan to as a matter of urgent national importance to save our democracy by nipping in the bud the gathering storm in Rivers State. The first step is to post out of Rivers State Commissioner of Police Joseph Mbu, before it is too late.
“For us, this is against police professional ethics and best practices, which means that CP Mbu had taken side, and, unfortunately, descended partially into the political arena; thereby breaching the law and enforcing a non-existing Police Permit Order.
“CNPP wishes to remind the Nigeria Police Force that the Police Permit Order had been repealed by the Appeal Court, as an obnoxious colonial order, following a suit filed by the CNPP.
“Accordingly, groups, associations and political parties are under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guaranteed freedom of association and assemblage; hence the duty of the police is to protect all and not to side any group.
“We challenge President Jonathan to direct the Inspector General of the Police to post CP Joseph Mbu out of Rivers State; failing which we shall hold Mr President responsible for the do-or-die politics unfolding in Rivers State.”

Friday, 20 December 2013

Ronnie Biggs said his share of the haul had been £147,000
British criminal Ronnie Biggs, who took part in the 1963 Great Train Robbery, has died aged 84, his spokeswoman has confirmed.
Biggs was part of the gang which escaped with £2.6m from the Glasgow to London mail train on August 8, 1963.
He was given a 30-year sentence but escaped from Wandsworth prison in 1965.
In 2001, he returned to the UK seeking medical help but was sent to prison. He was released on compassionate grounds in 2009 after
IT contracting pneumonia.
Biggs, who died early on Wednesday, was being cared for at the Carlton Court Care Home in East Barnet, north London.
He could not speak and had difficulty walking after a series of strokes.
He was last seen in public at the funeral of his fellow Great Train Robber, Bruce Reynolds, in March.
Christopher Pickard, ghost writer of Biggs’s autobiography, said he should be remembered as “one of the great characters of the last 50 years”.
He told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme his friend was “kind and generous” with a great sense of humour, which he retained to the end.
Biggs was the first product of the “media age” who “inherited fame while running around the world”, he said.
Biggs, Reynolds, Ronald ‘Buster’ Edwards and the other gang members wore helmets and ski masks to carry out their crime, which took place near Cheddington, Buckinghamshire.
They made off with 120 bags of money totalling £2.6m – the equivalent of £40m in today’s money.
Speaking to Nicky Campbell on Radio 1 in 2000 – before his return to the UK – Biggs said his share of the money had been £147,000.
“I squandered it totally – within three years it was all gone,” he said.
Since then he had been “living on my name only,” he added.
He said it was “totally regrettable” that train driver Jack Mills has been struck over the head during the robbery.
“I regret it fully myself – I only wish it would not have happened but there’s no way that I can put the clock back.”
Mills, who never worked again, died in 1970.
But Biggs said he did not regret the robbery and, referring to comments made by the judge in the trial, he said: “I’m totally involved in vast greed, I’m afraid.”
Peter Rayner, a former chief operating officer for British Rail who worked with Mills, said: “My view is that whilst I was, and am, critical of the Great Train Robbers and the heroes’ welcome they got, especially in light of the death of Jack Mills, my sympathies go out to his family.”
Biggs, who lived in Spain, Australia and Brazil while he was on the run, had been in prison for 15 months when he used a rope ladder to climb over the prison walls.
He had initially fled to Paris, with his wife Charmian and two sons, Farley and Chris.
In 2011, his son, Michael, told the BBC News website his father had a final wish that his ashes be spread between Brazil and London.
The BBC said two film dramas about the robbery – A Robber’s Tale and A Copper’s Tale – scheduled to be broadcast on BBC One on Wednesday and Thursday, would still go ahead.
Writer Chris Chibnall said the programmes did not focus on Biggs. The first is from the point of view of Reynolds, while the second tells the story of the police investigation.
“With anything like this your thoughts have to be with the family on a day like today,” Chibnall said.
“He has children and obviously it’s going to be a very difficult day for them.”

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh
There   was  confusion in the leadership of  the Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday as it made two conflicting demands  from  both the House of Representatives Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal , and  the  Federal High Court, Abuja on the defection of 37 of its  members to the All Progressives Congress.

While  the PDP  released a statement  in which it requested Tambuwal to  declare the defectors’ seats in the House vacant,  in the court, it asked  for an  order   compelling them  to return to its fold.
In the statement by its National Publicity Secretary,  Olisa Metuh, the  party argued that  since the 37 lawmakers  had   renounced their membership, the Presiding Officers of  the House must declare their   seats vacant without any further delay.
The PDP  said that a court order  which the 37  lawmakers  referred to while announcing their defection on Wednesday  was wrongly interpreted.
Metuh’s  statement    reads,  “The attention of the PDP has been drawn to claims by 37 defecting members of the House elected on the platform of the PDP to the APC that they obtained an injunction restraining the leadership of the National Assembly and the party from declaring their seats vacant in line with provisions of the  1999 Constitution.
“We have, after a careful review,  discovered that this claim is false. For the avoidance of doubt, the order of the court clearly says that ‘status quo’ be maintained which means the affected members shall remain members of the PDP.
“The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in section 68 (i) (g) clearly spells out the consequences of defection when there is no division in any Party. We wish to re-emphasise here that the courts have pronounced, and INEC has concurred, that there are no factions in the PDP.”
Metuh said this shall be in adherence to our grund norm, which is the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
But  at  the  FHC, Abuja,  the PDP asked   that  the 37  lawmakers ‘ defection should be declared  “null and void.”
It  warned  that  their defection could  lead to a breakdown of law and order in the National Assembly and the entire polity if not reversed.
In the suit filed by its counsel, Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN), on Thursday,  the PDP maintained that the defection contravened the order made by the Abuja FHC on December 17, 2013, when counsel to the 37 lawmakers tried to move a motion for interlocutory injunction, seeking to stop  a plan to declare their seats vacant.
According to the PDP, the  FHC had on December 17 ordered the 37 lawmakers to revert   to the status quo, pending the hearing and determination of the motion for interlocutory injunction.
The party  therefore  wants  “an order from the court  declaring the defection, on December 18, 2013, by 37 of the plaintiffs from the  PDP  to the  APC  as null and void and contrary to the order made on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.”
The PDP  also asked for “a mandatory order that the 37 legislators revert to the status quo pending the hearing of the plaintiffs’ motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.”
As an  alternative to the mandatory order directing the lawmakers to revert to  the status quo,  the PDP asked for “an order setting aside the earlier order on parties to maintain the status quo pending the hearing of the motion for interlocutory injunction.”
In an affidavit in support of the motion, which was deposed to by one Tajudeen Ayeni,  the ruling party  averred that the subject matter of the suit bordered on the alleged “intention” by the plaintiffs  to defect to the APC.
It added, “The plaintiffs were worried that the defendants would declare their seats vacant in the House of Representatives on account of their proposed defection and so instructed their counsel to file a motion for interlocutory injunction before this court.
“When this matter came up for hearing on December  17, 2013,  counsel  for  the plaintiffs sought to move a  motion for interlocutory injunction but this was resisted by the 1st and 4th defendants/applicants counsel. The honourable court then made an order suo moto that status quo be maintained.”
The PDP  argued that in spite of the order,  the 37 legislators decamped to the APC . It  stressed that the defection was aimed at putting it(PDP) at a huge disadvantage  ahead of  the next hearing date in the matter, which is January 22, 2014.
The party said, “It is necessary for this  honourable court to reverse the action of the 37 plaintiffs which is clearly in   disobedience of the order of this court.
“The action of the 37 plaintiffs, if not reversed, is capable of dissipating the res in this matter and may also lead to a breakdown of law and order in the National Assembly and affect the entire polity.”
Gadzama had earlier  in a letter  informed  Tambuwal of the suit filed by the party in a bid to reverse the defection of the 37 lawmakers.
In the leter, he said, “We have today filed a motion on notice, which has already been served on your office, seeking to overturn the purported movement of the 37 plaintiffs to the APC.
“It is in the light of this that we enjoin you to act in obedience to the order of court and direct the plaintiffs to revert to the status quo ante bellum.
“Anything contrary to this will send out wrong signals to Nigerians and the world that federal legislators have no regard for the law and constitution which they have sworn to uphold.”
The letter added that the action of the 37 lawmakers “if not contained, may lead to a state of anarchy.”
The defection of the lawmakers had given the APC a simple majority in the House, increasing its numerical strength from 135 to 172, against PDP’s  171.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Inspector- General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar
IT is no revelation to say that political power contest is often bloody, whether within political parties or among them, in the country. As Nigerians prepare for another presidential election in 2015, fears already abound that violence will spike as it has been doing in the previous polls since 1999. Yet, not many people factored in the possibility of a return to state-sponsored violence as part of the unfolding power contest. Troublingly, this is one of the grave allegations a former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, levelled against the Goodluck Jonathan administration in an 18-page letter that has just been made public. It is a matter of life and death and should be fully investigated.
To many, especially in the Presidency,  Obasanjo’s letter cataloguing the ills currently plaguing the nation, should not be taken as anything serious beyond an unwarranted distraction from a fading political figure still fighting hard to preserve his relevance. But much as the Presidency would wish that the letter should be ignored in its entirety, it would be a mistake to think that it can be wished away, given the weighty nature of its contents, especially those bordering on the security of the nation.
Among other things, which may be of little or no interest to the apolitical, Obasanjo, in his letter, accused Jonathan of  “keeping over 1,000 people on political watch” and  “training snipers and other armed personnel secretly and clandestinely acquiring weapons to match for political purposes like (the late Gen. Sani) Abacha and training them where Abacha trained his own killers.” If it is true, Obasanjo warned, it cannot augur well for the initiator, the government and the people of Nigeria
So far, the official response to the weighty allegations has been lethargic. Apart from describing the letter as “self-serving, hypocritical, malicious, indecent, and very disrespectful of the highest office in the land,” the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, said the “President himself will, at the appropriate time, offer a full personal response to the most reckless, baseless, unjustifiable and indecorous charges levelled against him and his administration by the former Head of State.” It is a promise that must be kept.
Nigeria is a country run by a corrupt and brutal oligarchy. For those who can easily recall its catalogue of horrors, life during the dark days of the Abacha regime, with the series of state-sponsored killings that characterised it, is not what anyone would wish for the country again. It was a period when bombings were experienced in unusual places, and snipers got a free rein to showcase their skills, with the resultant loss of valuable lives of citizens.
Nigeria has had her fair share of state-sponsored terrorism, spanning a period well before the advent of the Abacha regime and right into the civilian administration of Obasanjo himself, during which many unresolved murders, believed to be state-sponsored, occurred.
It is necessary to recall the murder in cold blood of  Pa Alfed Rewane, in his residence in Lagos and many others like the Ibadan-based female politician, Suliat Adedeji; the bombing to death in Kaduna of a journalist, Bagauda Kaltho, who was later framed as the bomber; the broad daylight shooting and killing of MKO Abiola’s wife, Kudirat, in Lagos; the shooting of Toyin, the son of Abacha regime’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Olusoga Onagoruwa; and the killing of Rear Admiral Babatunde Elegbede (retd).
 There were also the attempted murders of the National Democratic Coalition chieftain, the late Abraham Adesanya; and the late publisher of The Guardian, Alex Ibru. While Adesanya escaped with his life intact, but with the windscreen of his car shattered, Ibru had to be flown abroad for treatment to save his life. He, however, lived the rest of his life with just one functional eye, having lost the other to the gunmen who were after his life. These were some of the high profile killings of citizens that defined the Abacha era. Not surprisingly, they were either politicians opposed to Abacha or those who had been working with him but had reasons to later fall out with him.
But even when it was thought that, with the passage of the military regimes, the last had been seen of such acts of gratuitous waste of lives, it still continued when the civilian government of Obasanjo took over in 1999. Prominent Nigerians such as the Lagos politician, Funso Williams; the sitting Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Bola Ige; and South-South politicians, Harry Marshall and Aminasaori Dikibo, were among the casualties of the Obasanjo era. Most of them were killed right at their homes while their killers vanished without trace. But the evil ball was set rolling with the murder through a letter bomb of a top journalist, Dele Giwa, in 1986, during the regime of Ibrahim Babangida. 
So, what is happening again? Historically, governments that have lost legitimacy often resort to death squads to hold on to power. But it has never lasted. It should not be forgotten that the emergence of militancy and Boko Haram has also been traced to government sponsorship of private security outfits who, after being disengaged, later decided to take up arms against the society. This is why any allegation of training a death squad should be an issue of concern to Nigerians.
Since such a thing has happened before in the country, it is Jonathan’s duty to reassure Nigerians that there is no such recrudescence. The main reason for the existence of government anywhere is to ensure the welfare and security of citizens.  Otherwise, the tension raised by that allegation is never going to disappear, just like that.

recently, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, accused President Goodluck Jonathan of paying lip service to the fight against corruption. He basically indicted the President of fraud and venality. And then there was, in tow, the venerable Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Lamido Sanusi, who claimed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation diverted $50bn, being crude oil sales proceeds between January 2012 and July 2013. These are serious allegations. And now, former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s ‘bomb’ to the President!
What we have in that 18-page treatise is, amongst other things, a window into Jonathan’s Presidency and the problem and challenges confronting Nigeria. So far, a good number of commentators have been critical of Obasanjo.  While some do not think he was the right person to make such remarks, others pointed to a hidden agenda on the part of the former president. And of course, there are those who have argued that he had no right to level such criticisms. Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (retd.), Annkio Briggs of the Ijaw Republican Assembly, and Chido Onumah, a public intellectual and PUNCH columnist, represent these three schools.
But of course, all the three patriots and three schools of thought got it wrong! Did Obasanjo lie? Well, we have no way of knowing this unless (a) there is a full-blown investigation by the National Assembly or other competent authorities; (b) Jonathan offers a line-by-line rebuttal; or (c) Obasanjo recants. But so far, the allegations appear valid; hence, we can infer that Jonathan’s actions have adverse national security implications. These acts can lead to the erosion of the nation’s fragile foundations and capable of fragmenting the state. These offences, if true, are prosecutable and impeachable.
When Obasanjo’s letter entered the public domain, my initial reaction, which was posted on my Facebook page, was this: “Even amongst thieves and scoundrels there should be honour. There should be a code of conduct. But not for former president Olusegun Obasanjo who is now accusing President Jonathan of corruption, ineptitude, marginalisation, laziness, etc. The failed has no right accusing the falling of incompetence.” Now, having read the entire treatise and having taken the time to reflect further, I must admit that I was wrong.

Dr. Ngozi Iloh
The National Welfare Officer of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr. Ngozi Iloh, is still undergoing surgeries and according to her, going through traumatic pains, at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin, Edo State.
This is contrary to reports that she was treated and discharged in Lokoja, Kogi State, shortly after the accident, which was said to have been caused by the convoy of the Kogi State Governor, Mr Idris Wada, on November 12.
The widely condemned accident, which happened while members of the union were on their way to Kano for a meeting, claimed the life of the former National President of ASUU, Prof. Festus Iyayi.
Iloh, who recalled her ordeal during online chats with PUNCH Metro, said she had been traumatised for weeks following the discovery that Iyayi died in the accident.
It was learnt that she had so far undergone two major surgeries, one on her right leg and another on the left hand.
When our correspondent enquired about a deep tear in her left hand, Ilo was not specific if there was any medical report that the injury was a bullet wound.
There had been some speculations as to the cause of Iyayi’s death until a medical examination showed that there was no evidence of bullets.
In the chat,  Iloh said, “We travelled in a convoy from ASUU Benin zone. We stopped at a filling station to refuel on the way to Kano. The travelling team was from University of Benin, Delta State University, Abraka, and Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma.
“The UNIBEN bus took off and I asked the driver to slow down so the others could catch up with us. My saving grace was that I kept looking back and the rest is history.”
Iloh added that she was shocked to hear that she was discharged from the hospital in Lokoja after being treated for minor bruises.
I am still in hospital. My injuries are not minor,” she said.


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