Ali Olanusi’s convoy autocrash: ODSG offers scholarship, N5m to NTA late staff’s son
Five years after, succour has finally come from Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to Master Paul Akinwale, the lone survivor of an accident which claimed his father, pregnant mother, sister and their maid.
In a gesture of rare magnanimity, Akeredolu has approved a sum of N5 million and full scholarship to university level for Paul after severe legal battles instituted by the young lad against the former Deputy Governor of the State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi as damages from an auto accident with Olanusi’s convoy.
The case instituted by Mr Kehinde Aladedutire against Alhaji Ali Olanusi, the Ondo State Government and Attorney-General was struck out for being statue barred.
Undeterred by the objection raised against the case by the state as a result of statue of limitation, counsel to Paul drew Governor Akeredolu’s attention to the plight of young Akinwale who was five year’s old during the accident.
In a moving letter to the Governor, Aladedutire said: “It is an understatement to say that this accident was traumatic for the parents of this young promising couple whose children and grand daughter’s lives were cut short in their prime through this unfortunate accident. The parents have spent fortune in seeing that the only surviving son lives and that his broken bones mended and this has continued till date. Several therapeutic treatments had been carried out till date. Some of the bills are herewith annexed. It is disheartening that no government official even took out time to visit this young boy till date.”
Without bureaucratic delay, Governor Akeredolu promptly gave approval through the office of the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice
The Governor’s letter dated March 22 2019 which was conveyed to Paul’s lawyer through the Attorney-General’s office said the gesture was in tandem with the humanitarian kindness and compassionate mantra of the Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredol-led administration.
The late Alex Akinwale, a journalist, then 37 was killed at Aponmu-Owena on February 1, 2014 in a ghastly motor accident which also claimed the lives of his pregnant wife, Kehinde, their daughter Pauline and maid, Miss Bose Abiodun.
Until their death, Akinwale and his wife worked at the NTA, Akure while Paul, the plaintiff was the only surviving son.
The former Deputy Governor was on an official assignment to Ondo town when a Toyota Camry belonging a monarch, the Osunmakinde of Ife Tuntun, Osun State, Oba Taofik Olaposi allegedly rammed into the Deputy Governor’s convoy.
Oba Olaposi’s driver was charged with manslaughter and reckless driving resulting into the death of Akinwale and other members of his family.