By Titus Atondu, Makurdi
The Acting Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Science and Technology Mr. Sekegh Tyodugh, his wife and two of his children lost their lives in a fire outbreak that set ablaze their house in the early hours of Monday in Makurdi, the Capital of Benue State.
The fire according to eye witnesses told Nigerian NewsDirect that fire incident started at about 2:45 am in the resident of Mr. Sekegh Tyodugh, an acting permanent Secretary ministry of Science and Technology
They revealed that the cause of the inferno could not be immediately ascertained, neighbors said it may have been caused by electrical fault as it razed down the entire house and extended to three(3) other houses including that of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Religion Evangelist Daniel Unongo.
Fire fighters had struggled hard to put the inferno which raged on for a long time.
The Deputy Governor Engr. Benson Abounu who visited the scene, expressed shock at the level of devastation.
He described it as a monumental disaster, adding ‘it is black day for Benue’.
Engr. Abounu said the State has lost a prized asset in Mr. Akaa and prayed God to give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“We cannot undo what has happened. At the moment, Government will take responsibility for their burial and also, assist the other families who lost property to relocate. We warn against any looting of property”,Engr.Abounu said” He stated.
Rev. Favor Akaa, brother to the deceased described him as a God fearing man, averring that they had attended a two (2) retreat at ECWA Church in Makurdi at the weekend where he worshipped and praised God.
According to him, he had a conversation with his brother yesterday night at about 11 am about a certain transaction he was scheduled to do on Monday but preferred to do it on Sunday before his demise.
“He told me that his heart could not rest until he had done the transaction. It is appointed unto man to die but you cannot spend time with God and tragedy will happen. It a wonderful thing to spend 48 hours with God. His death is a strength to us. It is time for him to depart and we give glory to God.
Nigerian NewsDirect reports that the late acting permanent Secretary, was due for confirmation as Permanent Secretary before his demise. He was born on February 4th, 1954 and has only four(4) children.