Ijaw music maestro, wife, friend die in road crash

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By AKPOKONA OMAFUAIRE

WARRI —THE Ijaw music industry is mourning, as a road accident claimed one of its members, Mr. Augustine Kemepade, 38; his wife, Fortune and their friend, Mr. Okumagba Akieyefa, 37, Monday night along DSC expressway on their way from Aladja, Udu Council Area of Delta State.

The death of the famous musician shocked to the Ijaw music industry as he just released his latest album.

A source who confirmed the incident told Vanguard on telephone that the incident occurred after their friend’s car sommersaulted while returning from Aladja.

He said the late musician hailed from Ogbinama community, while his wife was a native of Kiagbodo community, and his late friend, Okumagba Akieyefa hailed from Obotebe community, all in Burutu Council Area of Delta State.

He said: “The three occupants of the vehicle died on the spot after it summersaulted several times and rammed into an electric pole at about 9.20pm on Aladja/DSC expressway.”

Our source added that the Ijaw musician accompanied by his wife had gone to visit a friend at Aladja on that faithful day in celebration of the yuletide.

He said after much fun, the late couple decided to head back to Warri, but their host insisted that the couple spend the night with him but they refused.

Okumagba Akieyefa, owner of the ill-fated car, decided to give them a lift through Aladja/DSC expressway when the ugly incident occurred.

Comrade Ozobo Austin, National President of the Ijaw People Development Initiative, IPDI, reacting to the sad news said he was shocked by the death of the trio.

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