Members of the 2006 academic set of Mass Communications department of Benue State University fondly called BSU MACOSITE’06 have taken to the social media to mourn their old classmate and lecturer Mr. Joshua Levite (Leva).
Mr. Levite was crushed to his early demise Saturday afternoon at Gbatse along Ugbema-Adikpo road in Ushongo Local Government of Benue State when a truck on a high speed, trying to avoid police checks, rammed unto the stationary Toyota car belonging to Mr. Levite killing all occupants of the car including Mr. Levite.
Until the unfortunate incident, Mr. Levite was lecture and head of Mass Communications department at the University of Mkar.
According to reports, the academic Don was only helping to convey his sick colleague, one Mr. Moses Tarnongo and his wife and children to the hospital for his occasional treatment, a gesture Mr. Levite volunteered to do for a friend and colleague.
|Comrade Ochonu E. Ochonu, Chairman, BSU MACOSITE’06|
In a statement posted on the WhatsApp group of BSU MACOSITE’06, the Chairman and General coordinator of the group, Comrade Ochonu Emmanuel Ochonu said “This is a sad day for all of us.😭😭😭😭😭”
Mr. Jude Ahure, Coordinator of the Makurdi Chapter describes Mr. Levite as a dear friend who was full of life and impact.
“My dear friend Levite! Rest on my friend! A life full of impact indeed! We will miss you my friend! You came! You saw!! You conquered!!! Rest on dear friend! Rest on in the bosom of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ!!!”
|Mr. Ahure Coordinator of Makurdi Chapter of BSU MACOSITE’06|
Another old course mate of Levite and journalist based in Abuja, Mr. Tortiv Emmanuel posted: “I am short of words on the sudden tragic end of our dear course mate and friend Joshua Leva. I condole most of all with the Leadership of our Great Alumni, MACOSITE Set ’06 led by Comrade Emmanuel OCHONU, his Executive and the general Group. I also condole with our Abuja Chapter Coordinator, Mr. Caleb Nor and all our Kapital Chapter Colleagues. As we await updates on the next line of action, I ask God to give his wife and all the families the fortitude to bear the tragic loss. Rest in Peace Leva and all the others. Amen.”
Mr. Caleb Nor, coordinator of the Abuja chapter of BSU MACOSITE’06 who is also a journalist based in Abuja was first to break the sad news to the group on Sunday morning. “Good morning dear mates. I woke up earlier this morning to be greeted with this (pictures from scene of accident). Please can people close around give us a confirmation? Am still in a devasted mood.”
|Mr. Nor, BSU MACOSITE’06 Coordinator, Abuja Chapter.|
Mr. Nor who spoke with Inside Benue described the incident as heart wrenching and still unbelievable. “Mr. Levite hosted me at his place earlier this year,” he said.
Mr. Nor and some. Members of the group would be paying a visit to the bereaved family on behalf of the group on Monday.
|Mr. Levite and family.|
Mr. Agi Joseph, who is also a member of the group and journalist with FRCN, Abuja describes the unfortunate situation as painful: “Aah! Painful, painful and painful indeed! The word of God describes this life as a ‘mist’ and ‘shadow;’ and that is the truth.
“I met Levite at NSUK PG School, Keffi early January this year and we stood talking for a while… And now, this precious soul is gone.”
|Mr. Levite at the University of Mkar radio studio|
The bodies of Mr. Levite and the other victims have been deposited at Ostra Gum Hospital, Ushongo in line with directives from the Ushongo Local Government Chairman, Mr. Asawa Joseph who hasted to the scene of the accident from Makurdi upon hearing the sad news.
Mr. Nor Caleb and other old course mates of Levite promise to keep the group updated on any developments regarding the burial as they relate with the family of the deceased.
Oche Onu writes.
BENUE RESTRICTS COMMERCIAL MOTORCYCLISTS
The Benue State Security Council has restricted the operations of commercial motorcycles, also known as Okada in the state.
Henceforth, commercial motorcycle operators would only be allowed to operate from 6am to 8pm everyday until further notice.
The security council took the decision at its emergency held on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Governor Ortom stated however that the earlier outright ban on the use of motorcycles in the Sankera geopolitical zone comprising Katsina-Ala, Logo and Ukum still subsists.
He said the decision followed the recent security alarm raised by the Nasarawa State government and what is happening in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and other parts of the country.
The Governor emphasized that the decision to restrict the activities of commercial motorcycles was aimed at nipping in the bud the resurgence of criminal elements suspected to be moving into the state.
The Governor stated that security agencies in the state have been mandated to enforce the new regulations, saying stiff penalties such as arrest and prosecution awaits anyone found flouting the order.
The security council also resolved that all heavy-duty vehicles coming into the state, with covered tarpaulins would be searched at designated checkpoints along routes in and out of the state with the contents thoroughly checked before being allowed to pass.
He also disclosed that the 500 personnel of the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards, which will be formally launched on Thursday, August 4th, 2022 to complement conventional security agencies in the state have been trained and kitted with an additional five hundred expected to begin training next week.
The Governor who said the Community Volunteer Guards would work with the traditional rulers and other security agencies in fighting crime expressed optimism that being members of the communities, it would be easier for them to fish out criminals.
Governor Ortom noted that the Security Council also approved a committee headed by the SSG, Professor Tony Ijohor to work towards regulating the activities of miners, which he said have been causing environmental hazards.
Other members of the committee include the Commissioner for Lands and Solid Minerals, Hon. Bernard Unenge, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Micheal Gusah and Adviser on Mining, Andrew Kputu as well as the chairmen and second class chiefs of Gboko, Kwande, Ogbadibo and Logo as members.
Chief Press Secretary,
August 3rd, 2022
67-Year-Old Man Attempts To Jump Into Lagos Lagoon After Losing Job
A 67-year-old man, Oluwatoye Bamgboye, decided to end it all on his 67th birthday by attempting to jump into the Lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos.
He was however rescued by officials of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command patrolling the axis on Tuesday afternoon.
Bamgboye, who hails from Oju-Ore in Ogun State, said he was frustrated and wanted to end it all having lost a job he newly secured.
He said he had secured the job only to be told that it had been given to someone else on the day he resumed.
Bamgboye, in a statement by the RRS, said a personal challenge made him sell his house, land and car yet he couldn’t solve the problem.
He added that he obtained a loan but the problem still persisted.
“He explained further that, he secured a job and on the resumption date, he was informed that the job had been given to someone else,” the statement added.
“Today being my birthday, I have decided to end it all. The burden and the frustration is too much for me to bear. My wife has abandoned me in the process,” Bamgboye was quoted in the statement.
The police said he had been conveyed to the Adekunle Police Station, adding that efforts were in progress to contact his family members.
Police arrest Soldier For ‘Robbery’ In Yobe
Three suspects, including a soldier, have been arrested by the Yobe State Police for criminal conspiracy, housebreaking, and armed robbery.
The suspects were said to have invaded the Damaturu residence of one Hajiya Aisha Usman of Sabon-Pegi-ward at midnight.Armed with deadly weapons, including an AK 47 rifle, the suspects were said to have carted away the sum of N250,000 cash, 307 Peugeot saloon car and Nokia handset belonging to the victim.