THE Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Sunday, expressed profound sadness over the death of three of its members, namely Grace Nwodo (Madam Waka), Chris Edoga and Olajide Fashikun.
In a statement authorised by the Council Secretary, Ochiaka Ugwu, a copy of which was made available to the Nigerian Tribune in Abuja, described the death of the trio as unnerving, worrying and calls for immediate prayers for the departed souls.
It quoted the FCT chairman, Emmanuel Ogbeche, as saying that the death of Nwodo, Edoga and Fashikun, have left huge vacuums that would not be easily filled.
According to the chairman, the death is troubling and leave profound sadness. I condole with our colleagues and the families of the deceased. At a time such as this, I urge all of us to be prayerful and take our personal health and security seriously, especially as the general elections draw closer.
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It will be recalled that Grace Nwodo, who was known as ‘Madam Waka’ until her death in an auto accident last month, was a staff of Multimesh Broadcasting Company (MBC), operators of LOVE FM 104.5 & Crowther Radio and anchor of the popular Madam Waka on the station.
“Edoga was a sports reporter with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), and was murdered in his home in Gwagwalada, Abuja few hours after leaving office last Tuesday and later died in the hospital on Friday.
“Fashikun reportedly died on Sunday at the Federal Medical Center, Abuja.
A sportswriter and athlete, Fashikun was the publisher of GongNews, an online newspaper.” The statement stressed.
It said the council would announce a date for service of songs for the deceased at the next congress.