A former chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Abuja chapter, Chuck Ehirim, is dead.
Mr. Ehirim died on his 50th birthday on Thursday, his associates said.
He was chairman of the Abuja chapter of the NUJ between 2012 and 2015.
Mr. Ehirim graduated in 1992 from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and worked with Tell magazine.
He later returned to the same university where he obtained a master’s degree.
He was the assistant editor, northern operations of the Niche Magazine before his death.
A journalist, Chucks Ohuegbe, said he had called Mr. Ehirim’s wife to wish him a happy birthday, but was informed he had passed away few hours back.
“Am totally gutted!” Mr. Ohuegbe wrote on Facebook.
Mr. Ehirim’s friend, Amos Dunia, described the death as “shocking and devastating”.