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Ortom, Benue SWAN Mourns Veteran Sports Journalist Ediba 

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George Kajo, Makurdi

The Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom and the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), have expressed sadness over the death of veteran Journalist and pioneer Chairman of Sport writers in the state, Law Possible Ediba.

Ediba who died after a brief illness at Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi on October 25th, 2022 was aged 80 years.

Governor Ortom described the death of Elder Ediba as painful, saying it is a big blow to his immediate family, the Sports Writers in the state and the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in general where he earned his reputation as a consummate sports reporter, a peace maker and stabilizing factor wherever he worked.

The governor said, Law possibly came to stardom as a star football player in the Kaduna Junior eleven of the 1950s with his artistry of the ball, scoring from impossible angles which earned him the name ‘Possible’, during his football career.

The late elder Ediba began his journalism career as a sports reporter with the Plateau State owned Nigerian Standard newspaper where he worked with passion and dedication.

After the creation of Benue State, he moved over to ‘The Voice’ newspaper where he became the Sports Editor and later The Pavilion newspaper.

Governor Ortom said with Ediba’s death, his family, SWAN, NUJ and the sporting world have lost a gem, an elder and a father with an immeasurable wealth of experience and wisdom.

Ediba’s last assignment was Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Sports to the Benue state government. The Governor prayed to God to grant the deceased eternal rest and the immediate family, SWAN, NUJ the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

Similarly, the Benue state chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), mourns its pioneer Chairman, Law Possible Ediba who died of a brief illness at FMC Makurdi on 25th October, 2022 at the age of 80.

SWAN describes his death as painful saying it has caused a devastating blow to the sports Writers in the state particularly, and the journalism profession in general.

In a statement signed by the Assistant Secretary, George Avese for the chairman, John Shiaondo, condoles with the family, the Benue State Government and NUJ SWAN members in Benue state for the loss.

It condoles the immediate family, urging them to be happy that Possible Ediba left behind a legacy worthy of emulation.

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