By JIMITOTA ONOYUME & WILSON YAFU
PORT HARCOURT—A journalist, Mr. Edward Alyemen, has been killed by a hit and run driver in Elelenwo area of Rivers State.
In a statement, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, Chairman of the state council of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Mr. Opaka Dokubo, called on the state Police Command to track down the driver for prosecution.
According to the statement, the late journalist, who was the state correspondent of Banner News, a provincial newspaper in the state, died at a hospital, weekend, where he was rushed to after the vehicle knocked him down.
Dokubo said the driver of the vehicle fled after the accident and appealed to the state Police command to help arrest the driver. He also appealed to Rivers State Traffic Management Authority, TIMARIV and Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, to come up with effective measures to check reckless driving in the state.
He said: “We commiserate with the Federated Correspondents Chapel, where late Alyemen was a staunch member, as well as his immediate family for this irreparable loss and we pray God Almighty to give them strength at this trying period.”
Chairman of the Federated Correspondents Chapel in the state, Mr. Terver Akaser, on his part, urged the Police to help uncover the mystery surrounding the accident that claimed the life of the journalist. Describing the death of Alyemen as a big loss to the chapel and the NUJ in the state, he prayed God to grant the deceased family the strength to bear the loss.