The Manager of Skye Bank, Abak Road Branch, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Ubong Ekpe and his brother have been reported dead.
It was gathered that Ubong, who was on a picnic with his wife and children, drowned along with his brother, Francis, at the Ibeno Beach, Iwuokpom community, in the Ibeno Local Government Area of the state.
Ubong was said to have entered into the beach to swim. But after some minutes, he did not surface from the water .
His brother,Francis, who attempted to save him by also diving into the beach, drowned as well.
There was anxiety around the beach as efforts to save the men proved abortive.
The Chairman of the Ibeno LGA, Mr. Ifum Udoh confirming the incident told the News Agency of Nigeria that the authorities were working to prevent recurring loss of lives at the beach, adding that the state government had concluded plans to take over the beach.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, also confirmed the deaths, adding that the incident happened around 8.30pm.
He said, “The Skye Bank manager, his children and wife went to Ibeno Beach to have fun. Sadly, he got drowned. His brother died while trying to save him. The family initially did not report the incident. Their bodies floated and the family took them to Uyo. There is no suspicion of foul play.”
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