Thursday, 15 September 2011
Names & Faces of some Victims of the United Nations Boko-Harram car bombing
Others are: Mr. Elisha Enaburekhan (Driver, UNAIDS), Dr. Edward Dede (National Professional Officer, WHO) Mr. Johnson Awotunde (Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, UNICEF), Mr. Musa Ali (Zonal Logistics Assistant for North West Zone, WHO) and Ms. Rahmat Abdullahi (Registry Clerk, UNDP).
A Norwegian, Ms. Ingrid Midtgaard, an Associate Expert with the UNODC, is the only non-Nigerian who died in the blast.
The non-UN staff were: Mr. Sunday James Ebere (Shipping Agent, Balast Agency), Mr. Ndubuisi Bright (Hospitality Industry Consultant), Ms. Kate Demehin (Federal Ministry of Health), Ms. Caroline Michael (Guard), Mr. Sunday Omelenyi (Guard), Mr.Yakubu Garuba (Guard) and Mr. Abiodun Cyril Adeseye (Julius Berger).
Others are: Ms. Patricia Ekwetinge (Travel Agent), Ms. Joy Audu (Nigeria Cleaning Services) and Mr. Paul Waziri (Nigeria Cleaning services).
•Patricia Ekwerigbe was a 2003 graduate of Mass Communication from Auchi Poly. She was from Ishoko North, Delta State. She got a job as a travel agent with Six Continental Travel and Tours in 2007. Her office was located on the ground floor of the UN building.
•Joy Audu, 24, hailed from Okene, Kogi State. She had an OND in Computer Science and planned to proceed to a university. While awaiting her UME results she secured a job a job as a cleaner with Nigeria Cleaning Services. She was the eighth of nine children.
•Ingrid Midtgaard, 30, was a lawyer. She was the only foreigner who died in the blast, and had worked at the Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP), an NGO in East Timor. She was due to leave Nigeria before the end of this year.
•Musa Ali worked with WHO as the Zonal Logistics Assistant for the North West Zone, based in Kano. WHO said “Musa’s excellent performance contributed to the significant reduction in polio burden in recent years”, saying that just before his death, he had been elected Vice President (North West Zone) of the WHO Staff Association. He left behind a widow and three children.
•Johnson Awotunde, 55, was with UNICEF as a specialist in Monitoring and Evaluation. His work was critical for the production, with the government, of the best facts and statistics on the state of children. These are used widely by aid professionals as they assess need and decide where to place resources. He was from Iragbiji in Osun state. He left a widow and six children.
•Edward Dede worked with WHO as National Professional Officer, Routine Immunisation. His significant contribution to strengthening routine immunisation, polio eradication and other accelerated control of vaccine-preventable diseases was not limited to Nigeria. Dr Dede contributed to several regional initiatives. He left behind a widow and two children.
•Rahmat Abdullahi, from Kwara state, had tried to secure a job with the UN for five years. Early this year, she joined the UNDP as a registry clerk.
•Abiodun Cyril Adeseye worked with Julius Berger and was assigned as a cleaner to the UN building. He returned from the burial of his mother two weeks before the blast and was involved in a car accident four days to the blast.
•Abraham A. Osunsanya was instrumental at WHO in boosting donor confidence through strengthening the administration of immunisation to save the lives of children. He left behind a widow and two children.
•Ahmed Abiodun Adewale-Kareem was a logistician at UNICEF and developed expertise on the safe importation of vaccines for mass immunisation campaigns. The delivery of millions of doses underpinned the success of immunisation campaigns. He was married with two children.
Kayode Ogundamisi is a commentator on Nigerian and international affairs, he was involved in the Nigerian pro-democracy struggle, Ogundamisi survived a trumped-up charge of treasonable offence against the military government of General Babangida, he was detained in Jos prison in 1991 and released after intensive local and international campaigns against the government charging him and 12 other students before a military tribunal. Ogundamisi was a frontline member of the National Association of Nigerian Student and a former secretary general of the University of Jos Students Union in Nigeria and the O'dua People’s Congress.
Ogundamisi currently shuttles between his base in The United Kingdom and his Country of Birth Nigeria where he runs a programme on self-empowerment. He is the convener of the Liberty Forum UK and his involved in engaging local communities and community and social empowerment.
He graduated with a B.SC in Political Science from University of Jos. The Nigerian Institute of Journalism and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Ogun State University and Masters in International Relations from the London Metropolitan University. He is a volunteer campaigns fellow for the German human rights group IMRV Bremen.
Ogundamisi was appointed by the UK government as a board member of the United Kingdom Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) a position he held for 3 years. Ogundamisi is very active on the social media, with his commentary blog "The Canary" under the twitter handle @ogundamisi and he writes sporadic independent op-ed articles for major Nigerian media outlets.
Ogundamisi is the host of the diaspora community socio political programme “PolitricsWithKO” on Europe’s first ethnic oriented television Channel BEN-TV broadcasting on BSKYB 238 and Startime Africa/Freeview Channel 244.