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Ayu consoles family of late Guardian journalist, Wantu

By Msugh Ityokura, Abuja
18 September 2022   |   3:05 am
National Chairman, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has described the death of The Guardian correspondent in Benue State, Joseph Wantu, as a personal loss to him.

PDP Chairmanship of Sen. Dr. Iyorchia Ayu

National Chairman, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has described the death of The Guardian correspondent in Benue State, Joseph Wantu, as a personal loss to him.

He also sought God’s intervention in arresting incidences of deaths among journalists in the State.

He spoke during a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.

Represented by his Special Adviser, Communications and Media Strategy, Simon Imobo-Tswam, Ayu said he was pained by Wantu’s death, and particularly disturbed by the successive and recent passing unto glory of Terna Doki and John Chiahemen.

Ayu, who served on the editorial board of Daily Times, prior to his political involvement, described the late Wantu as “a conscientious journalist that exemplified The Guardian tradition of stability, fairness, balance and factual accuracy.”

“I cannot remember when Wantu or The Guardian was taken to court for whatever reason because of Wantu’s reports, even in these days where everything goes unchecked,” he said.

He called on the grieving family to take solace in the fact that Wantu left behind a good name, urging them to emulate the things he stood for.

Wantu passed on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, leaving behind a wife and five children.

Josephine Wantu, wife of the deceased thanked Ayu for identifying with the family in their moment of grief, praying God to continue to give him wisdom in service to mankind and the nation.

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