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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.

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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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JUST IN: Uzodinma Sacks Chairmen Of Boards, Parastatals Appointed By Ihedioha

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The Governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, has ordered the immediate dissolution of boards of all government parastatals and agencies in the state.

He gave the order barely 48 hours after his inauguration.

The sacked chairmen and members of boards were appointed by Emeka Ihedioha, who was himself sacked from the seat of the governor by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Uzodinma’s newly-appointed Chief Press Secretary, Chief Press Secretary Oguwuike Nwachukwu, confirmed the development.

The sacked persons were directed to hand over government properties in their possession to the most senior civil servants in the various affected MDAs on or before the close of work on Friday.

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Recall that ORIENTAL TIMES earlier reported that the governor suspended all contracts awarded by his predecessor, citing fraudulent activities of some government functionaries.

“Particular note has been taken of some parastatals where the contract letters and agreements are being backdated.

“Therefore Governor Hope Uzodinma has directed the suspension of all award of contracts in the state public service except with due authorisation from the office of the governor,” a statement signed by T.U.C Okonkwo, Principal Secretary to the Governor, read.

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Ihedioha: Imo General Assembly Reveals What ‘Powers That Be’ Want To Use S/Court Judgement To Achieve In Igboland

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The Imo General Assembly, IGA, Friday, alleged that the Supreme Court judgement that unseated Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and installed Senator Hope Uzodinma as the governor of Imo State was meant to set brothers against each other and to cause crisis in Imo State and South East in general.

In a statement by the President of the Nnewi chapter of IGA, Hon. Chinedu Igwe, “almost everyone in Imo state backed the candidature of the former governor, Emeka Ihedioha because Owerri zone has never produced the governor of the state since 1999.”

Former governor Ihedioha was running people-oriented administration before his government was truncated by the supreme court judgement, which was actually aimed at causing trouble in Imo state and South East, but the good people of Imo State have as usual and in spite of the provocation of the judgement and the misrule of the immediate past All Progressive Congress, APC, government, demonstrated the highest level of maturity, by remaining calm in the face of the provocation and the people behind the judgement.”

On the question whether the new APC government in Imo State will receive the support of the disappointed people of the state, Hon. Igwe said, “Imo people cannot readily support the new governor until he rolls out his program for the state.”

“With the emergence of Sen Hope Uzodinma as the Imo state governor, it does appear that God is speaking to the people of the state and if God is actually the one talking to us, the new governor will do well to govern us with the fear of God, but I believe the reverse will not be the case and I hope that Uzodinma will not turn out to be a serpent and stone for Imolites like his APC predecessor.

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“I must emphasize that if the plan of the powers that be in Nigeria was to cause mayhem in Imo state with the Supreme Court judgement, they have failed woefully, their plan of penetrating Igbo land with their inhuman policies the people have resisted will not work, our people will still resist them and such evil plans, Nigerians know the evil plans and policies we have resisted.”

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Imo: Uzodinma Suspends All Contracts Awarded By Ihedioha

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Hope Uzodinma, the new Governor of Imo state has suspended all contracts awarded by his predecessor, Emeka Ihedioha.

According to Daily Post, the newly sworn-in Governor faulted his decision on the fraudulent activities of “some government functionaries entering into contract agreements on behalf of the government without reference to the newly-sworn in governor.”

T.U.C Okonkwo, Principal Secretary to the Governor disclosed this in a Press statement,

“Particular note has been taken of some parastatals where the contract letters and agreements are being backdated.

“Therefore Governor Hope Uzodinma has directed the suspension of all award of contracts in the state public service except with due authorisation from the office of the governor.”

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“The government has also suspended all contracts already awarded for which mobilisation fees have not been paid , bearing in mind that the post-no-debit order imposed by the state government on all accounts operated by ministries, departments and agencies still subsists.”

“By this directive, all board chairmen and members are by the notice directed to handover all government documents and properties to the chief executive or most senior public servants in the respective parastatals and agencies where the chief executive is not a public servant.”

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