There was palpable fear in Delta State yesterday when a single mother of three children, slumped and died during the Governor Annual Elders’ Tournament Walk.
The woman identified as Ms Lovett Ighorodhe slumped at Total petrol station by traffic light less than two kilometres into the walk which commenced at Abraka Junction in Asaba through Dennis Osadebay Way, Nnebisi Road, Anwai road through to Government House, Asaba.
This raised concerns among participants who had earlier braced up themselves for the 10-kilometre walk meant for Deltans aged 55 and 70 years.
Before she passed on Lovett Ighorodhe was a teacher at the Asagba Secondary school, Asaba, a source said.
Another source in the school told newsmen under the condition of anonymity, said the woman was hale and hearty when she left for the walk, adding that she was a native of Aboh in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of the state and in her 50s.
The corpse was said to have been deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, FMC. Wondering how her children would cope without their mother, the source said: “The news of her death came to us as a rude shock. If anybody had told us that she would die even two years time, we would have doubted it.”
The source further described the deceased as a lively fellow, “the woman was in the Guidance and Counselling unit of the school”.