Justice Winifred Effiong of Akwa Ibom High Court loses two brothers to drowning same day

Justice Winifred Effiong, a serving Judge of the Akwa Ibom State High Court has lost two brothers to drowning on the same day.
The brothers were at the Ibeno beach on a picnic outing with their families when the tragedy occurred.

An eyewitness, who claimed anonymity, said that the drowning of the two brothers occurred on April 8.

He said that one of the victims was eating with his family and friends after which he went to swim.

“The victim was eating with his wife and children and after that, he went to swim and immediately raised alarm that he was drowning,’’ the witness said.

The witness said that the other victim, out of sympathy, jumped into the ocean to save the drowning brother but was carried away by the scourge of the ocean.

The witness said further that the victims would not have died if the beach had a management and safety guides.

The eyewitness said that bodies came out of Ibeno beach shore-line in the early hours of April 9.

He pleaded that the state government should take over the management of the recreation centre for revenue generation and tourism.

When contacted, the Chairman of Ibeno Local Government Area, Mr Ifum Udoh, said that the authority was working to checkmate loss of lives in the beach.

He also said that the state government had concluded plans to take over the beach.

But the DSP MacDon Achebe, the Akwa Ibom Police Public Relations Officer, said that the police were not aware of the incident.

He, nonetheless, said that the Nigeria Police Division in Ibeno had yet to give information of such incident to the police command in Uyo.

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