Channels Television State House Correspondent, Chukwuma Onuekwusi is dead.
While announcing the death of the reporter, the Management of Channels Television said he passed away at a private hospital in Abuja, in the early hours of Tuesday.
Onuekwusi has covered several beats on Channels Television before he was seconded to cover the Presidential Villa as the State House correspondent.
He joined Channels Television from 1998 and showed great passion for his job.
A perfect gentleman and a great family man, Mr Onuekwusi was a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
He also worked at the Imo Broadcasting Corporation, Owerri.
He died at the age of 55 and is survived by his wife and children.
His colleagues at the presidential villa received the news of his death with shock.
Meanwhile, Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki has expressed sadness over the death of the State House Correspondent of Channels Television
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki described the late Onuekwusi as a hardworking, passionate and conscientious reporter who left nobody in doubt about his professional competence.
He commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased, the management and staff of Channels Television and the State House Correspondents over the loss of the broadcast journalist.
“The news of the demise of Chukwuma Onuekwusi came to me with great shock. He was a thoroughbred broadcast journalist whose reports always leave you wanting more,” Saraki said.
“I believe his death has left a vacuum in the broadcast industry that cannot easily be filled. We can only thank God for his eventful life, contributions to national development and service to humanity. He shall be sorely missed,” he said.
While praying that God should grant the soul of the departed eternal rest, the Senate President asked other reporters to borrow a leaf from Onuekwusi’s humility, dynamism and dedication to his job.