Flood sweeps away High Court director of finance in Abuja

A Director of Finance, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Mr Tony Okecheme, on Friday, was swept away by a heavy flood at Galadimawa roundabout in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abuja. 

Witnesses told Tribune Online  that the victim was on his way to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in his official 2017 Toyota Camry when his car got stuck during the torrential rain.

It was learnt further that officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), who rushed to the scene could not save the late director as he had been trapped there alongside his driver for more than one hour.

He was, however, swept away by the raging flood, while his driver, whose name could not be immediately ascertained, was rescued by some young boys in the area and taken to Asokoro hospital, but his boss was yet to be located as of the time of filing this report.

The car which was filled with mud water was, however, pulled out of the ravines by the rescuers, who were angry over NEMA’s failure to rescue the deceased.

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Two young girls, who claimed to be Okecheme’s children, were seen weeping uncontrollably at the scene of the incident.

An FCT judiciary worker, who did not want his name in print, identified the car as belonging to Okecheme, saying the late director sent him N40, 000 this morning (Friday).

According to him: “I phone him yesterday that I was broke and he promised to send me money before he travels today. I got N40, 000 from him this morning.”