From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State Council has declared a seven-day period of mourning following the tragic death of its former treasurer and secretary, Chief Dominic Uzu, which sad event occurred in a fatal accident along Kaduna-Zaria Highway on the 4th of January 2020.
This was contained in a statement signed by Assistant Secretary, Shindong Bala, and made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
“To this end, the NUJ State Council has declared 7 days of mourning from tomorrow Wednesday 5th February, 2020,” it stated.
The council expressed that it was devastated at the news which it described as shocking.
“With heavy heart, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) , Kaduna State Council announced the sudden death of one of our Outstanding members, Chief Dominic Eze Uzu.”
The council said that the late Chief Dominic Eze Uzu was a former staff of New Nigeria Newspapers where he was Sports Editor of New NIGERIAN on Sunday, and held several positions in NUJ up to the positions of Treasurer and State Secretary as well as Executive Member of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria.
“Chief Dominic Uzu was also the National Coordinator and One of the Founders of Arewa online Publishers Association, a position he held until his death. He was the CEO/Publisher of City Source Online newspaper.
“He died leaving behind a wife four children and several relatives.
“A condolence register has been opened at the Secretariat,” it said Dominic Uzu and Seven other persons were killed in a motor accident on Kaduna-Zaria expressway, .
Addressing newsmen in Zaria on yesterday, the Unit Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Zaria Unit Command, Mr Abubakar Murabus-Tata, said they received a distress call that an accident happened.
“At about 12.30 p.m today (Feb. 4), we received a distress call that an accident happened on Kaduna-Zaria expressway precisely at Dumbin Rauga, about six kilometres away from Zaria.
“It involved two vehicles, a long DAF truck and a Toyota Hiace commercial Bus with registration numbers FKY 321 YF and XB 632 NSR, respectively.
“The accident was as a result of dogging potholes by the truck thereby jammed the bus and subsequently bursted in flames which led to the death of four people, three males and a female.”
He said 12 people were involved in the accident, 10 persons were inside the bus while two were in the truck (truck driver and his boy), adding that nothing happened to the truck driver and his boy.
“Two of the victims were burnt to ashes and two others died while on the way to the hospital. Actually when we reached the scene of accident the vehicles were still on flames.
“We had no option than to seek the services of the fire service who immediately responded and aided to quench the fire. One person inside the bus was not identified because he burnt beyond recognition and nobody knows where he is coming from.
“In view of that we reported the case to the Chairman, Zaria Local Government, who authorised us to go and bury him and the man has been buried according to Islamic rights,” he said.
The Unit Commander attributed the accident to overspeeding and appealed to motorists to be cautious while on wheels and always respect traffic rules and regulations to arrive their respective destination safely.
Chief Dominic Uzu left behind four children including three female and a male.