Longest serving journalist in Maiduguri dies in the city

Posted by News Express | 3 August 2016 | 2,919 times

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The treasurer of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Borno State Council, Mr. Benedict Aidokanya, is dead.

Aged 59, Benedict slumped and passed away on Monday afternoon, August 1, 2016 near his house in the Gomari Airport area in Maiduguri while attending to some family matters.

Until his death on Monday, he was the Borno State Correspondent of the Nigerian Pilot. He had worked in many media organisations including the Lagos-based news magazine The News. He had been an official of the chapel in various capacities for about 13 years, his last position being the treasurer of the union.

He attended St Joseph Primary School, Effeye at Ipole and Community Secondary School, Ogboju at Otukpo Local Government of Benue State. He bagged a Diploma in Mass Communication at the Plateau School of Business Studies in the 1980s and had attended several courses, trainings, workshops, seminars and conferences in news reporting and journalism in different parts of the country. He is regarded as one of the oldest members of the Correspondents’ Chapel having served in Borno for about 20 years.

His humility, calmness and promptness to official engagements have been acknowledged by members and many people that knew him. He is survived by three children and wife.  His remains have been deposited at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) mortuary as burial arrangements will be announced later.

•Photo shows late Benedict Aidokanya.

Source: News Express

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