Mystery Shrouds Death Of Teenage Factory Worker

The death of a 17 year old girl, Jennifer Onyeche, who died on the July 24th 2013 while working at a Juice manufacturing company in Ketu area of Lagos, has raised several questions, including the actual cause of her death.

The secondary school leaver, Jennifer, was reported to have died of electrocution but a doctor’s report states that the cause of death is asphyxiation.

Asphyxiation is a condition of severely deficient supply of oxygento the bodythat arises from being unable to breathenormally.

Jennifer’s mother, Dorcas Onyeche, said four of her daughter’s co-workers visited her at 11pm to announce that she (Jennifer) got electrocuted and is dead.

Her father, Friday Onyeche, told Channels Television that he had been refused the right to see his late daughter’s corpse many days after her death.

However, there seems to be a conspiracy of silence as the police did not let the girl’s parents to see the autopsy report, but scribbled the cause of death on a piece of paper.

Dr. Femi Adewale of Fineday Hospital, Ketu confirmed that Jennifer was rushed to his hospital but was dead on arrival.

He explained that asphyxia and electrocution are two causes of death that have nothing in common.

An administrative staff of the company where Jennifer worked, a fruit juice manufacturing company located a No.9 Adisa Akintoye street, Ketu, divulged no information about the incident.

The state Criminal Investigation Department is currently handling the case.

El-Rufai’s Book, A Collection Of Half-truths – Atiku

The media office of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has dismissed El-Rufai’s book, ‘The Accidental Public Servant,’ ‘as a collection of fiction, half-truths, exaggeration and reflection of selective memory.’

The former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Nasir El-Rufai stated, at the presentation of the book in Abuja, that the conspiracy of silence, a situation where public officers keep mute over challenges in governance, should not be encouraged.

He said the people have a right to know the details of how they are being governed and their leaders must be willing to talk openly about issues.

However, a statement by Atiku’s media office described Mr. El Rufai’s claim that he almost resigned as the Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) because of alleged persistent pressure and interference by former vice president, Mr. Abubakar, who was then the chairman of the National Council on Privatisation, as a contradiction of what the former FCT minister said at the Senate public hearing on the BPE in 2011.

The statement maintained that the former FCT minister had claimed that he had a special relationship with former President Obasanjo, which gave him direct access and the discretion to bypass the Council on Privatisation headed by Atiku in order to get the approval of the president.

The controversy over the book may have stemmed from the fingers pointed at several former government officials over shady conduct while in office and also the author’s stand on the demolition exercise that swept over the FCT during his tenure as minister.

But speakers at the presentation argued that regardless of criticisms, public officers must be accountable and open to debates on their performance.

There were lamentations over the total disregard for merit and competence of many public officers and the need for leaders to be transparent and accountable.