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Benue Mourns as an Icon Goes Home

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Benue State woke on the morning of Tuesday, December 22, 2020 to be greeted with the dad news of the u fortunate and untimely death of her illustrious son, Professor Jerry Anthony Agada. Agada only took ill a few days earlier.

Though Agada’s family is yet to brief the public on the cause of his death, INSIDE BENUE gathered before the unfortunate incident that the literary giant was on the intensive care unit of the State’s Federal Medical Center in Apir, Makurdi until his demise.

In a statement by the Governor of Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom who expressed shocks at the news of the sudden and unfortunate death, described the death of Prof. Agada as a collosal loss to the state and the entire country, adding that the late Prof. was an institution.

Prof Jerry Agada

The governor who was represented by his deputy, Engr. Benson Abounu in the company of Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Anthony Ijohor, SAN, and the Deputy Chief of Staff, Hon. Abel Adah Ikwom, visited the Makurdi residence of the former education minister, expressed his condolences and that of the government and people of the state to the late Agada family.

Prof. Agada and former President of Nigerian, Dr. Ebele Goodluck Jonathan

Until his death, Agada was chairman, Benue State Civil Service Commission.

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Lagos Demolishes ICT Center, Water Project Donated by Private Individuals to Help the Poor.

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