*Mourns Benue varsity DVC’s death
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Monday sympathized with families of the 21 victims who lost their lives when their boat capsized while crossing River Benue on their way to attend an annual church conference.
This is as the State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Catherine Sewuese Anene has confirmed that three corpses have been recovered already from River Benue by the Marine Police.
The governor also described as devastating, the death of the Vice Chairman of the State Action Committee on COVID-19, Prof. Godwin Achinge who doubles as the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) at the Benue State University.
Governor Ortom in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase, described the boat mishap incident as painful and unfortunate and particularly consoled ECWA Church, Ijaha, Makurdi Local Government Area which members were involved in the boat mishap.
He said Marine Police personnel were immediately deployed to the area and were assisted by local divers in rescuing the victims.
The governor urged members of Kwaghter community, where the incident took place, to cooperate with the police rescue team to enable it find the missing persons.
He reminded Benue people about this year’s weather predictions on torrential rains and advised that those who travel by water should employ all safety measures to avoid unforeseen incidents.
Governor Ortom described as devastating, the death of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Benue State University, Professor Godwin Achinge who died of complications from coronavirus.
The governor stated that Benue has lost one of its best hands in the medical profession whose expertise and selfless services also benefited many other Nigerians.