Journalist, Family Die In Gas Explosion 

Eddie Bekon, the national vice-president of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, south-south, has been confirmed dead following severe burns sustained from a gas explosion.

Bekon died, alongside his wife and a child on Sunday at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi state.

Chukwuemeka Opara, chairman, SWAN, Abakaliki chapter, said that Eddie died as a result of gas explosion which occurred in their compound in Ikom, Cross River State, three weeks ago.

The incident reportedly affected his entire household, including his neighbour in whose flat the explosion happened.

“Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Ebonyi chapter, joins other chapters across the nation to mourn its departed National Vice President, South-South zone, Eddie Bekon, who passed on at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, on Sunday, July 16, 2017,” Opara said.

he further disclosed that the family had been in the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital since they were admitted, stating that the explosion claimed the lives of Eddie’s wife and one of his children, while his other children were also affected by the explosion.

“Despite all efforts made to save Eddy’s life, he still died, together with two of his family members.

“We commiserate with the entire SWAN family and pray that God grant us and the entire Bekon family the fortitude to bear these irreparable losses.

“We use this opportunity to thank the Ebonyi State Government for offsetting the entire hospital bills of the Bekon family, the management and staff of the Federal Teaching hospital for their commitment throughout the admission of Eddie Bekon in the hospital,” he said.


By Tony Nwanne

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