Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has expressed grief over the death of a correspondent of the Osun State Broadcasting Service and four others in an auto crash which occurred at Asejire end of Osun State.
Nathaniel Abimbola was until his death, the OSBC correspondent at the state House of Assembly for several years.
Other persons who lost their lives in the accident are members of Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) Ayetoro Osogbo.
Several others sustained varying degree of injuries.
In a condolence message signed by the Director Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, it said the death of Abimbola was ‘sudden just as it has robbed the state-owned media organization one of its most dependable hands.’
“This is sudden and tragic. Abimbola has shown himself as a reliable hand in the business of dissemination of information.
“His life was short but was eventful. He has demonstrated capacity for professional excellence but he has come to the end of his journey,” he said.
Why consoling the journalists, his family and the entire state with the reality that, ‘death is a necessary end that must come when it is our time.’ The statement urged the entire OSBC family to take the sad loss with equanimity.
Consequently, the state Council of NUJ has declared a seven-day mourning in respect of the death of Nathaniel.
Reacting to the sad event, the chairman of NUJ Abiodun Olalere described late Nathaniel as a man loved by all through his penchant for peace and hardworking nature.
The Union therefore suspended all activities at state secretariat and all chapel formations for seven days in utmost respect to the departed soul.
How it occurred
It was gathered that the entire occupants of the I’ll fated 18-seater bus were members of CCC who were headed Imeko headquarters of the church for a retreat.
The bus was said to have lost his brake and consequently lost control of the bus before ramming into a stationary truck of the Nigerian Bottling Company.