Strike May Linger As…Governor’s Convoy Kills former asuu president Festus Iyayi

Posted: November 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

A former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Festus Iyayi, is dead, union officials said.

Witnesses said Mr. Iyayi, 66, died along the the Lokoja-Abuja highway in an accident involving the the convoy of Kogi state Governor, Idris Wada.

The late university teacher was among ASUU leaders who met with President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja last week to deliberate on how to end the four-month strike by lecturers.

Mr. Iyayi is believed to be travelling to Kano for Wednesday’s National Executive Committee meeting where a vote is likely to be taken on whether the ongoing strike should be called off.

One of the pilot cars in the governor’s convoy reportedly rammed into the vehicle in which Mr. Iyayi and other activists were travelling, killing him instantly, witnesses said.

“There was a collision on a narrow road and it is too early to say who rammed into who,” Mr. Edi told PREMIUM TIMES.  ”The  ASUU car was dodging a trailer and an accident occurred. It is not fair to politicise this incident.”

Mr. Edi said as soon as the accident happened, the governor directed that the ambulance in the convoy be used to convey the victims to the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.

Some of the victims, he said, were also taken to the Government House Clinic.

The Kogi governor’s spokesperson said the governor later visited the hospitals to sympathize with the victims of the accident.

He dismissed suggestions that the accident happened because of overspeeding by his boss’ convoy, saying  Mr. Wada’s convoy travels at 80 km per hour.

This is the second time Mr. Wada’s convoy would be involved in deadly accident in less than a year.

On December 28, 2012, the governor’s motorcade was involved in a crash that the auto crash that broke Mr. Wada’s leg, killed his security aide and injured two other state officials.

The accident scene

Capt Idris wada executive gov of  kogi state who’s motorcade killed the professor.


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