Yusuf Buhari Discharged From Hospital |The Republican News

                              President Buhari and son, Yusuf Buhari

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf, who was involved in a bike accident in Abuja on December 26, 2017 has been discharged from the hospital.

The President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, confirmed the development on Friday on his Twitter handle and Facebook page.

“Yusuf Muhammadu Buhari has been discharged from Cedarcrest Hospitals, Abuja. Read full statement released today by the hospital.

“Wish him a complete and speedy recovery,” Ahmad wrote.

The Presidency had, earlier in the day, issued a statement indicating that Yusuf’s health had improved remarkably and that he was ready to be discharged.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists.

Adesina said the news of Yusuf’s improved health and imminent discharge was contained in a statement dated January 12, 2018 and issued  by the Medical Director of the Cedarcrest Hospital, Dr. Felix Ogedegbe.

He was however not specific on the exact day Yusuf would be discharged.

He reproduced Ogedegbe’s statement, which also denied media reports that the President’s wife, Aisha, also suffered shock and was treated at the hospital.

He also quoted the report as saying that there was also no truth in the report that Yusuf was involved in the accident alongside his friend.   (Punch)

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Tragedy: Family Of Four, Doctor, Parents, Sister Perish In Benue Road Auto Crash |RN


Friday Olokor, Jos

The Igbo community in Jos, Plateau State, have been thrown into mourning following an auto crash involving a family of four who were travelling for a wedding in Anambra State.

The victims were indigenes of Ufuma in the Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Although details of the crash were still sketchy, PUNCH METRO learnt that the four victims, out of eight members of a family, were killed when a vehicle in which they were travelling had an accident between Aleyede and Oturkpo in Benue State.

The victims are a patent medicine dealer, Simon Onwubalili; his wife, Ifeoma, who was a staff member of the National Examination Council; a graduate of Medicine awaiting induction into the NMA, Dr Ijeoma Onwubalili; and her sister, Gracious  Onwubalili.

However, the driver of the car with number plate, Abuja ABC 105 PH, and one of the family members, Marvel Onwubalili, survived the accident.

They were said to be going for Ijeoma’s traditional wedding scheduled for December 31, 2017, when the accident occurred.

It was also gathered that the induction of Ijeoma in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, was to take place in the first quarter of 2018.

The first son of the family, Onyedika Onwubalili, confirmed the incident, saying “Yes, it is true,” but gave no further details.

Another family member, who did not want to be named, said the incident happened on Sunday.

He said, “Simon Onwubalili and his family left Jos on Saturday en route to their hometown of Enugu Abor in Ofuma, in the Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State. Their chauffeur-driven Toyota Highlander somersaulted on the way. The man had a thanksgiving service in church penultimate Sunday and shared the invitation cards of her daughter’s induction into the NMA.

“They hired a driver to take them home where Ijeoma, who recently graduated as a medical doctor, was to hold her traditional marriage on December 31, 2017.

“Unfortunately, they couldn’t make it as the journey was cut short somewhere along Oturkpo-Enugu Road. The driver was speeding and suddenly found himself in the path of an oncoming vehicle. In an attempt to avoid the vehicle, the car somersaulted several times and they died.”

When contacted, the spokesperson for the Benue State Police Command, Moses Yamu, said he would get back to our correspondent.

But he had yet to do so as of press time.  (Punch)

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FRSC Records 85 Deaths, Rescues 613 Victims In Sokoto Auto Crashes |RN


FRSC personnel at accident scene

From: Tunde Omolehin, Sokoto

The Federal Roads Safety Corps in Sokoto State has said a total number of 708 accident cases were recorded between January 2017 till date, its Sector Commandant, Mr. Muhammad Sani Hamzat disclosed.

Speaking in an interview with Saturday Sun on Friday, Hamzat explained that about 613 victims involved in the crashes were able to rescued alive whole 85 lost their lives.

He said the crashes which occurred within the jurisdiction of the command were caused by overspending and overloading on the part OC the road users.

“Our record shows that between January till date, 708 cases of toad crash were involved. Unfortunately, 85 loves were lost at various points while our men were able to rescue 613 alive.

“Private vehicles are more involved in the cases mentioned and the fatality is always on the high side. Maybe because of the fair condition of the roads leading to the state, when compared with other roads.” He lamented.

Hamzat however caution road users to always obey traffic rules and regulations in order to stay alive, saying his command would not relent in enlightening the public the dangers associated with overspending, wrong overtaking and overloading, among others.

He also disclosed that the command would set up mobile court to checkmate, as well as punish any erring motorists during this yuletide period.  (The Sun)

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Diplomatic Car Belonging To Finland Involved In Car Crash In Abuja (Photos) |RN

There was road crash this morning on the Abuja airport road, involving a driver of a diplomatic vehicle belonging to Finnish embassy and that of Nigeria.

The other party in the crash is the vehicle Airspace Management, that was said to be at high speed and hit the diplomatic vehicle from behind and it somersaulted.



A Finnish diplomat sitting on the ground after the accident


Photo credit: Kelvin Okeke of Liberty Television, Kaduna (The Sun)

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Mob Kills Policeman After Stopping Vehicle For Money Caused Road Crash, Death Of Three


A mob on Thursday attacked and killed a policeman over the death of a woman and two children on Owerri Road, Onitsha, Anambra.

Eyewitnesses said that the incident occurred at 3.30p.m. when the policeman attempted to forcibly stop an articulated vehicle loaded with sand along the road.

According to the eyewitnesses, the driver lost control causing the fatal accident.

“A tipper driver who was carrying sharp sand tried to meander his way past the policemen at the checkpoint but in the attempt to escape ran into the woman and children.

“I wouldn’t know exactly why the tipper driver was stopped but immediately the accident happened, the policemen around the area made effort to leave the scene but were attacked by the mob,” a witness said.

The witness said that the victims were standing by the roadside to board a vehicle to their destination when they met their untimely death.

Another witness said that the mob spontaneously chased the policemen and beat up two of them, while the others escaped with their guns.

According to reports, the factory along the road, where the policemen were on special duty, was set ablaze by the mob.

The incident later forced police from Okpoko Police Station in Onitsha to carry out a mass arrest of persons along the busy road.

Reacting, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Nkeiru Nwode, expressed dismay over the development, saying the youths should have reported the matter to the police.

“It was just an accident. Three people died on the spot and their remains have been deposited at the mortuary.

“The scene of the accident has also been barricaded and the police are in control of the situation,” she said.

Nwode said the police were against unlawful assembly and would not relent in efforts to maintain peace and order in the state.


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