The Vice President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Zone C, Comrade Chris Isiguzo has described deceased Benue State Chairman of the Union, Mr. David Ukuma as a vibrant labour leader and 'consummate' professional who gave his all in the struggle to dignify the 'noble' pen profession and enhance the welfare of colleagues.

Mr. Isiguzo, a presidential aspirant of the NUJ in a statement through Alh. Ali Atabor, the Director General of his campaign outfit, the Rescue Mission Organisation (RMO) expressed shock at the news of the passing away of the 'worthy comrade' on Friday.

"Death is a necessary end for all mortals, but we find Ukuma's death very tragic and saddening, his glorious life being cut short by wicked death at his prime, and at a time his contributions and services to family, NUJ and humanity are needed most.

"Rescue Mission Organisation deeply mourn with the immediate family, his media organisation, Benue Council of NUJ, NUJ Zone D and NUJ in general for this irreparable loss," the statement says.

Mr. Ukuma's death occurred almost same time with two other cases involving NUJ members - Mrs. Abiya Samson Abel, of Gombe State Television and Princess Adebukola Fadiora, Officer-In-Charge of NTA Okitipupa, Ondo State.

The cause of their deaths is still unconfirmed.