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Lecturer, wife, three children die in Benue auto accident

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The University of Mkar in Benue has confirmed the death of its two lecturers, Joshua Leva and Moses Tarnongo, in a motor accident on October 10 at a village near Gbatse in Ushongo Local Government Area of the state.

The institution’s Registrar, Rev. Emmanuel Astor, who confirmed the deaths in text messages to News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Makurdi, said one of the lecturers, Tarnongo, also lost his wife and three children during the incident.

NAN reports that the accident occurred near Gbatse village in Ushongo Local Government Area of the state, and the two deceased lecturers were from the department of Mass Communication of the university.

The registrar said the victims were on transit to Adikpo, Kwande Local Government Area to see a friend when the incident occurred.

“Yes. They were involved in an accident on their way to see one cleric in Adikpo. One staff member, who also drove was with a friend from Tor Donga village. The other staff was with his wife and three kids.

“All seven people are dead, and lying at Oostra Gum Hospital, Ushongo, Benue State,” he said

NAN reports that the Federal Road Safety Corps had earlier confirmed the death of seven passengers involved in a road accident at Gbatse Village in Ushongo Local Government Area of the state.

FRSC Public Enlightenment Officer in the state, DRC Joyce Akura, told NAN on the telephone in Makurdi that the incident occurred along Ugbema-Adikpo road late Saturday.

Akura said that the accident involved two vehicles – a truck with registration number WKR 496 XA and a Toyota car with registration number MKD 300 NH.

She said that 12 passengers were involved in the crash.

She explained that seven passengers were confirmed dead, one was injured and was receiving treatment, while the remaining four escaped unhurt.

The FRSC official said the cause of the accident had yet to be ascertained, adding that the corps would conduct a “crash investigation’’ to determine the cause of the crash.

“Twelve passengers were involved in the crash; nine were males, three females.

“The accident was between two vehicles, a MAN-diesel truck with registration number WKR 496 XA and a Toyota car with registration number MKD 300 NH,’’ she said.

She said the dead bodies had already been deposited at a morgue in Ushongo.


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