…As 2 die following party supporters’ clash in Kogi***
No fewer than 12 corpses at the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, were on early hours of Tuesday gutted by a midnight fire.
The incident which could have wreaked havoc at the department was averted by the combined efforts of the security and fire services unit of the institution.
Mr Abiodun Olarewaju, the Public Relations Officer of the University made this disclosure, on Tuesday in Ile-Ife.
Olarewaju said that the fire, which broke out around 3:00 am, was allegedly caused by electricity surge which affected a section of the morgue where corpses are kept.
According to it, out of the 102 bodies that are kept in the morgue, 12 were affected by the fire outbreak.
“The department has made detailed arrangements to duly and adequately inform those who have kept bodies (corpses) in the morgue,” it stated.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede led other principal officers to the scene of the incident to assess the level of damage and instructed immediate repairs to the affected areas.
The vice chancellor had also constituted a three-member committee to look into the immediate and remote causes of the fire outbreak.
Normalcy of academic and administrative activities have since returned to the area.
In the meantime, two persons have been confirmed dead in Lokoja during a bloody clash by party supporters on Monday at Ochadamu, Ofu Local Government area of Kogi State.
The state Police Command’s Spokesman, DSP Willam Aya, who confirmed the development in Lokoja on Tuesday, said that a former councillor in the local government, Mrs Salome Abu and Mr Awalu Zekeri died in the crisis.
He said that crisis erupted on Monday due to a misunderstanding between Zekeri of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Mr Godwin Simeon, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“In the process, Simeon stabbed Zekeri with a knife on his lap and he died on his way to the hospital,” Aya said.
As a result, angry youths in Ochadamu mobilised to the house of Mr Simeon Abuh, who is an uncle to the suspect and set it ablaze, thereby burning 60-year-old Mrs Salome Abuh to death.
Until her death, Abuh woman was the woman leader of PDP in Ochadamu.
Aya further said that three other houses were also burnt during the mayhem.
In its reaction, the PDP condemned the killing of its woman leader by jubilant supporters of APC, calling on the police to arrest the perpetrators.
Spokesman of Wada/Aro Campaiagn Organisation, Mr Farouk Adejoh-Audu, while reacting to the incident, called on men of good conscience to prevail on the police to halt attacks on members of the PDP in the state.
The state government, in its reaction, condemned the violent clashes in Ochadamu, saying that anyone caught taking the law into his hands would be punished, regardless of party affiliations.
“We feel disturbed by reports of violence in Ochadamu which has led to the loss of lives and property in the community,” Mr Kingsley Fanwo, Director-General, Media and Publicity to the Governor, said.
Fanwo, who also doubles as the spokesman of Bello/Onoja Campaign Organisation, noted that government would not shield any party member, who broke the laws of the land.
“Gov. Yahaya Bello has directed security agents to quell the rising tension and ensure that perpetrators of the murder and arson are brought to book.
“The governor is elected to protect all Kogi people, regardless of their ethnic or political beliefs,” he said.