Lagos - Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos on Saturday expressed shock and deep sadness over Friday`s death of three members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in an auto crash.
In a condolence message signed by Hakeem Bello, his Special Adviser on Media, the governor said it was regrettable that the journalists died in the course of promoting the interest of the profession.
Fashola said his thoughts and prayers were with members of the union at this difficult time and prayed for the peaceful repose of the departed journalists and the quick recovery of those injured.
Also reacting, the Lagos Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Aderemi Ibirogba, described the incident as a big blow to the journalism profession.
He said it was unfortunate that "our colleagues had to suffer this fate while on union assignment.’’
He prayed for the repose of their souls and asked God to grant the families they had left behind the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that one of the rear tyres of the vehicle they were in burst, making the bus to summersault many times before it landed in a bush.
Three of the 13 occupants, Kafayat Odunsi of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Adolphous Okonkwo of Voice of Nigeria (VON) and Tunde Oluwanike of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) died on the spot, while 10 others were injured.
The injured were rushed to the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo for treatment, while the remains of the deceased were deposited at the hospital morgue.