Staffers of Dom Communications, publishers of Nigerian Pilot wore gloomy faces today, weeping uncontrollably after the news broke that James Momoh, secretary of their Editor was knocked down by the convoy of the Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, Wednesday night.
The incident occurred at Mabushi junction in Abuja at about 8.00pm, while the deceased was returning from work.
Eye witnesses said the late Momoh was taken to the NNPC hospital by the car that knocked him down. He gave up the ghost on the way to the hospital.
His corpse has since been deposited in the mortuary.
The late Momoh, born on May 30, 1978 hailed from Ajaokuta in Kogi State. His colleagues who spoke to NaijaLeaks described him as gentle, easy-going and hardworking.
Meanwhile the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT Council, has expressed sadness over the death of Mr. James Momoh of Abuja based Pilot Newspapers.
In a statement by the Chairman of Council, Comrade Chuks Ehirim, described the death of Momoh, a production staff with the newspaper, as avoidable and unfortunate.
According to Ehirim, the tragic death of Momoh brings to fore the recklessness of government convoys and their absolute disregard for traffic rules and other road users.
The NUJ FCT chairman lamented that the minister has not demonstrated any concern and human feeling for the deceased by reaching out to his relatives. He said she was rather more bothered about protecting her image.
Ehirim warned that the union will not fold its arms and watch government officials treat human lives with levity and called for proper investigation into the matter as well as proper compensation for the bereaved family.
The Earth is the Lord…
It is madness for somebody to be moving about with more than one car while he or she will be sitting by last corner of a different car. Even cows that are bigger in their sizes still have this common sense of using single car for their movement. What insane act. It should be band in this. country.
Don’t you know what they call this convoy on the road? Messagers of death. I watch on TV, I don’t see such with the PM of Britain, America etc. Only with us, Africans. Our mentality can not change. And if the report is true that she was only concerned about her image, that goes to tell you that the life of the common man means nothing to this so called reach people. Any way she won’t take money to her grave. No man will, we will all stand before God to give account of our earthly deeds before our maker.