Lecturer, wife, three children, another lecturer killed in Benue car accident

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

The institution’s Registrar, Rev. Emmanuel Astor, confirmed the incident on Sunday in Makurdi.

He said  one of the lecturers,  Tarnongo, also lost his wife and three children in the accident.

The location of the  accident was close to Gbatse village in Ushongo Local Government Area of the state.

Both deceased lecturers were of the Department of Mass Communication of the university.

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

According to gim, “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 member was with his wife and three kids.

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

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) 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, said 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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