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OMG! Benue Permanent Secretary, Pregnant Wife, 2 Kids Burnt To Death In Fire Outbreak (Photos)

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OMG! Benue Permanent Secretary, Pregnant Wife, 2 Kids Burnt To Death In Fire Outbreak (Photos)

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The acting Permanent Secretary of the Benue State Ministry of Science and Technology Sekegh Akaa was burnt to death alongside his pregnant wife and two children when a fire engulfed their Kwararafa Quarter home in Makurdi in the early hours of Monday.
According to an eyewitness , the fire began around 2 . 45am.

The real cause of the fire could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report , but a neighbour , who simply identified herself as Josephine, told our correspondent that it might have been caused by an electrical fault .

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The fire razed the entire house and extended to three other houses including that of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Religion Daniel Unongo .
Although firefighters fought hard to put out the fire and to save lives, the inferno raged on for a long time .
Josephine said, “Initially , when I heard of the cry of the woman in it took me sometime to muster courage to go out because I thought robbers had attacked the house .
“When I came out and saw a thick smoke from the same house , I shouted and this drew attention of other neighbours to what was going on .
“Immediately, one of the neighbours made a phone call to the fire service and within a short time they rushed to the scene. ”
The Deputy Governor Benson Abounu , who visited the scene, expressed his shock at the incident, describing it as a monumental disaster.
Abounu said the state had lost a prized asset in Akaa and prayed God to give the family the fortitude to bear the loss .
He said, “We cannot undo what has happened . At the moment, the government will take responsibility for their burial and also assist the other families who lost property to relocate . ”
the late permanent secretary ’ s brother Rev Favour Akaa said they attended a retreat at ECWA Church in Makurdi at the weekend.
He said he had a conversation with his brother on Sunday night about a certain transaction he was scheduled to do on Monday but preferred to do it on Sunday .
Favour said, “He told me that his heart could not rest until he had done the transaction . It is a wonderful thing to spend 48 hours with God . His death is strength to us . It is time for him to depart and we give glory to God . ”
It was learnt that Akaa was due to be confirmed as Permanent Secretary before his death.
Meanwhile , Governor Samuel Ortom has said he is saddened by Akaa’ s death According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary , Terver Akase , the governor consoled the deceased ’ s friends and relations.

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