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JUST IN: Nigerian Man Who Allegedly Died In Ukrainian Plane Crash Speaks Out

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A 30-year-old man, Mr Olayinka Bernard Adeleye who is head of department, Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corp ( LNSC) in Odi – Olowo Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area ( LCDA) in Mushin , whose photograph was published as that of the Nigerian – Dauda Onoruoiza who was reported to have perished in the crash in Tehran said he is alive and that those who used his photograph as identification for the Nigerian that supposedly died in the crash has caused him and his family enough trauma.

He said his colleagues at work and neighbours now addressed him as “The man that died in the crash”

He said the development was giving him sleepless nights as some of his neighbours now call him ghost.

Addressing reporters on Wednesday at his Lawyers Office in Papa Ajao, Mushin area of Lagos, Adeleye said he was yet to recover from the shock as his mother collapsed upon hearing the news that his photograph was published in the media that he died in a crash, when he has never boarded an aircraft in his life.

Besides his mother who was rushed to the hospital, Adeleye said his wife who gave birth a few months ago remains traumatized following the publication of his photograph as the Nigerian among victims of the Boeing 737 – 800 aircraft shut down by Iranian authorities few minutes after takeoff from Tehran Airport.

Adeleye said he was awfully disappointed that any media outfit will go-ahead to publish his photograph as a victim of the Ukraine International Airlines crash when indeed his name is different from the Nigerian – Dauda Onoruoiza purportedly on board the ill-fated airplane.

He said the fake news was even more disturbing given the fact that it was published on his birthday January 10, 2020.

The Mushin indigenes said he has engaged a lawyer to write the media outfit that committed the infraction as the publication has defamed his reputation.

While expressing disappointment over the infraction, he urged relevant security agencies to investigate the source and reason for using his photograph as identification of a man that supposedly died in a plane crash.

He wondered why anybody will pick his photograph from his Instagram page and use it to misrepresent and traumatize his family.

Adeleye said: ” My immediate reaction when I learnt my photograph was published in done media outfit as the man that died in a plane crashed in Tehran on my birthday was that of shock, fear and disappointment. Why should anybody wish a young man like me dead? I was even more disturbed when I learnt that my mother collapsed and was rushed to the hospital when she was told. She was told I died in an accident and they later explained to her it was a plane crashed.

” She knew I I did not travel anywhere yet the news devastated her. As I recovered from the trauma I had to do a video call to her to believe I was still alive. Those who are behind this have caused too much trouble in my family. What if my mother had died?

” I think the police and relevant agencies should investigate why people do a thing like to embarrass people going about their own business .”

Also speaking , Adeleye’s lawyer, Femi Martins said though the name of his client was not mentioned in the false publication, the photograph attached to the rumours is his photograph.

He said: ”For the records, I am pleased to inform the public that my client Mr Adeleye Olayinka Bernard is alive.

These have been trying times for him, his immediate family, friends and well-wishers. It can best be imagined that the purported news of the death of the young man broke out on his birthday. It was reported that a close relative of my client collapsed when she saw the pictures.

”This development has indeed caused very grave consequences. it has far-reaching spread to the extent that the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Yaya Bello was reported to have mourned the purported death.

”We are of the opinion that appropriate sanctions should be meted out to people involved in this to serve as deterrence against future embarrassing situations. You may agree that death is the ultimate disaster anyone can think of , in particular for a young man in his prime . This to us is a national embarrassment .”

Meanwhile, investigations reveal that no Nigerian died in the crash as there was no official information linking Dauda Onoruoiza as a passenger on the ill-fated flight.

According to the official passengers and crew members manifests, released by the Ukraine International Airlines and the Iranian Civil Aviation Authority on last Wednesday, the name Dauda Onoruoiza was conspicuously missing and a close look at all of the 176 names listed on both releases, show that none of the names is of Nigerian origin.

According to a tweet from Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko, it said the victims include 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British nationals.

Yevhenii Dykhne, president of Ukraine International Airlines, said that most of the dead passengers were in transit to Ukraine to connect to further flights.

Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, said 138 of the passengers on the flight were going to fly on to Canada, and that their connecting flight arrived in Toronto with many seats empty.

Boeing, which the publications claimed the ‘dead’ Nigerian worked for acknowledged the crash and sympathised with the families of those that died. It, however, never claimed its staff was on board the ill-fated flight .

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BREAKING: NUPENG Orders Tanker Drivers To Withdraw From Lagos

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Petroleum tanker drivers may withdraw their services from Lagos from Monday based on a directive from national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).

NUPENG said on Friday the directive followed failure to address three major issues causing tanker drivers pains in the state for months.

Its National President Williams Akporeha and General Secretary, Olawale Afolabi, gave the directive in a statement titled “NUPENG leadership directs withdrawal of services by petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State with effect from Monday, August 10, 2020.”

They said: “The entire rank and file members of the union are deeply pained, frustrated and agonised by the barrage of these challenges being consistently faced by petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State and are left with no other option but to direct the withdrawal of their services in Lagos State until the Lagos State Government and other relevant stakeholders address these critical challenges.

“It is sad and disheartening to note here that we had made several appeals and reports to the Lagos State Government and the Presidential Task Force for the decongestion of Apapa on these challenges but all to no avail.

“We resolved to embark on an indefinite strike beginning from 12 am, Monday, August 10, 2020 if there are no decisive and convincing actions from the Lagos State Government to address these concerns and challenges.”

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BREAKING: AGF Orders IGP To Provide Security For 17 Anti-Obaseki Edo Lawmakers

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The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami has ordered the Inspector General of Police to provide security for the 17 anti-Obaseki members of the Edo Assembly.

In a letter dated August 5 based on a petition to his office by Idahosa-West Chambers, Malami said the security measure is necessary to prevent breakdown of law and order.

The 17 lawmakers backing All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, have been locked in a battle to access the Edo Assembly complex on Ring Road, Benin with seven lawmakers loyal to Governor Godwin Obaseki.

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Doctors Will Get June Hazard Allowance Next Week — Chris Ngige

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Frontline health workers in fight against Coronavirus pandemic will get their June hazard allowance next week, the Federal Government has said.

Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige dropped the hint after Thursday’s meeting between representatives of the Federal Government and the leadership of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) in Abuja.

In a statement by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, the minister stated that despite shortfalls in revenues, the government would start the payment with six hospitals, while awaiting more funds.

The minister assured the doctors that government, through his ministry and the Budget Office of the Federation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, had rectified residency training for doctors in the budget while the processing would commence soon.

Ngige said: “Teaching Hospitals and Medical Centres have been directed to submit to the Federal Ministry of Health the list of names of their personnel who had some hitches in receiving their payments.”

The minister assured that the names would be forwarded to the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) for action.

He added that the issue of shortfall in payments had also been dealt with as the names of the affected persons would be compiled and forwarded to the Finance, Budget and National Planning Ministry.

Ngige disclosed that the case of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) had been amicably resolved, with the Chief Medical Director bringing back the interdicted resident doctors.

According to him, the two factors thrown up by the crisis in that local chapter of NARD had merged peacefully.

“Elections have been conducted to elect an interim executive to man the affairs of that chapter till December 2020, after which a fresh election would hold for a new executive that would take over in 2021,” the minister said.

He congratulated the Dr. Solomon Amadi-led interim government in UPTH and lauded the peace committee for brokering peace successfully and the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) for superintending over the election.

NARD President Dr. Aliyu Sokomba noted that although a few issues were still pending, significant progress had been made in addressing the concerns of the association.

He appreciated the Federal Government’s efforts as championed by Senator Ngige.

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