DAAR Communication’s African Independent Television, AIT, has lost one of its reporters, Mr. Abdullahi Ibrahim, to a car crash in Kogi state which killed him, his wife and three children. The incident threw journalists in Kogi State into mourning.
The senior journalist was said to be going to his hometown, Okaba, in Ankpa Local Government Area of the state last Thursday when he had an auto accident between Ojodu and Ochadamu communities along the Ajaokuta-Ayingba highway.
He was said to be travelling in his Peugeot 504 saloon car with three of his children and his pregnant wife when the accident happened.
Eyewitness account has it that Abdullahi’s car was involved in a head-on collision while trying to negotiate a bend. A Toyota Hiace belonging to a popular transport company was also trying to overtake him on a top speed which led to a collision with an oncoming vehicle.
The DAAR Communications correspondent was said to have died instantly with his three children and the wife who was said to be five months’ pregnant.
He had earlier visited the press centre to invite colleagues to his daughter’s wedding coming up in December and was on his way back to his base in Ankpa when the accident occurred.
His wife and children were seen at the press centre where he bought snacks and drinks for them before going for checks on the car in preparation for the journey.
Chairman of the Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in Lokoja, Mr. Friday Idachaba, described the late journalist as “a very brilliant and hard working journalist”.
Abdullahi, said to be a crack reporter, has worked with several newspapers including the Sentinel, National Mirror, Royal Times and at a point was a publisher of the Trumpet before joining DAAR Communications Plc.