THE Director-General of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), says it is yet to find the FCT High Court Finance Director, Tony Okecheme, who was reportedly swept off by flood at Galadimawa roundabout, Abuja.
DG FEMA, Abbas Idris, had confirmed to THE ICIR in a phone conversation on Friday.
He noted that Okecheme was on his way to the National Airport, when he was stuck in the flood, and swept off afterward alongside his driver.
“It is true that we don’t know where he is because we are still searching for the body, but from the information, we had before us, that he was the director of finance of the FCT High Court,” he said.
Idris revealed that the Emergency Agency was currently on a rescue search for the Finance Director at the time this report was filed, and would not conclude on anything till he is found.
“As I’m talking to you, we are still here, carrying out our search; searching for him, and we cannot confirm him dead until we get him.
He might be somewhere waiting for rescue to come, and that is what we are doing now, it is only medical personnel that can confirm him dead or alive,” Idris said.
However, Idris expressed hope for a positive search outcome.
He also confirmed that the driver was responding to treatment at the Asokoro hospital, where he was taken to, immediately he was rescued by the agency.
The DG mentioned that the driver’s report was what helped, in revealing the identity of the flood victim.
Earlier on Friday, there were reports on a raging flood that swept off the FCT High Court Director.
The report also said the duo was stuck for about an hour before they were finally swept off by the flood.
It also noted that two young girls who claimed to be children of Okecheme were seen in tears at the scene of the incident.