Last Monday a vehicle in the governor’s convoy ran into a vehicle conveying Mr. Iyayi on the Abuja Lokoja road killing him instantly and injuring Ngozi Ilo and other lecturers travelling with him. The lecturers were on their to Kano to attend an ASUU executive congress believed to have been called to suspend the more than four-month old strike embarked by the union.
Mr. Wada had gone to the hospital to visit Ngozi Ilo and to commiserate with the lecturers over the death of Mr Iyayi.
The lecturers, according to the report, said they were angry with the governor for not stopping to help the victims of the accident after it occurred. They also accused him of trying to use their misfortune for political gains.
“We are surprised that a state governor could resort to telling lies because contrary to the claim by his spokesperson that he showed care towards our colleagues, he did not,” said the Chairman of Lagos State University Chapter of ASUU, Adekunle Idris.
“Somebody that did not stop after his convoy killed our leader; somebody that did not come to the hospital until some minutes to 5pm(on Tuesday) after the accident that happened around 11am could not be said to be caring. That was why we chased him out of the emergency ward of the hospital and we also prevented him from seeing Prof. Iyayi’s corpse in the mortuary” he added.
The lectures were also angry that the governor planned to make his visit a media spectacle.
“We are not happy with the fact that he came very late to the hospital and the fact that when he came, his press crew attempted to take photograph and video record of Dr. Ilo, who is our national welfare secretary. We stopped them because that was the height of insensitivity.
“Somebody that could not provide us with an ambulance cannot be said to be caring. We had to call UNIBEN for an ambulance that took Ilo to the UNIBEN Teaching Hospital while our colleagues from the Federal University, Lokoja, with the assistance of the vice-chancellor, gave us the ambulance that was used to convey the remains of Prof. Iyayi to Benin,” Mr. Idris added.
Mr. Idris said after he was asked to leave, the governor left “like a gentleman” but some overzealous security men who came with him tried to be naughty.
“Some of the policemen that followed him to the hospital wanted to be naughty but we lectured them. The hospital workers and the residents of Lokoja who witnessed how we chased the governor away were happy,” he said.
Explaining how the accident occurred, the Ibadan zonal coordinator of ASUU, Nassir Adesola, explained:
“It was actually the last of the governor’s convoy that veered off the road and ran into a vehicle that was conveying Iyayi and others.
“When the governor’s convoy came with noise and harassment, everyone on the road moved to the side of the road for them to pass but unfortunately, the governor’s aide has told the world that an ASUU vehicle was avoiding a trailer and ran into their escort vehicle.
“What manner of reckless lying is that? The front of the ASUU bus remains intact except for the windscreen that broke. Iyayi was sitting at the back of the bus and the escort van ran into it.”
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