Breaking: Governor Lalong’s media aide dies in India

Breaking: Governor Lalong’s media aide dies in India

- An aide to Plateau state governor, Emmanuel Samuel Nanle, has passed away

- He was said to have been having health challenges since last year

- Nanle was flown to India last week where he died

Emmanuel Samuel Nanle, the director of press and public affairs to the governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong is dead.

Punch reports that Nanle died in the early hours of Wednesday, September 12, in an Indian hospital.

While sources within the Plateau state's Government House claimed he died of stroke, others said he had been suffering colon cancer and enlargement of the large intestines.

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However, one of the relatives who spoke on Nanle's death said: “Actually, he has been having health challenges since last year and we heard that it is colon cancer. But he told me he had a growth in the large intestine. A surgery was carried out here in Jos mid last year. But it couldn’t heal, they had to fly him to India in January this year.

And then, he went, spent about a month there, came back and he has been on medications since. You observed that throughout this year, he hasn’t been doing anything serious. He never travelled with the governor on most official trips."

Confirming the death of the governor's aide, the senior special assistant to Lalong (media and publicity), Mark Longyen, said: “Yes, it is true; DOPPA-Director of Press and Public Affairs (Dr. Emmanuel Samuel Nanle) is dead. He was flown abroad, specifically India, last week. Two weeks ago, the sickness degenerated.

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The sickness wasn’t too clear. The official information is that he died in an Indian Hospital this night. He’s from Pankshin. The thing got worse last week and was flown out."

Nanle was an indigene of Pankshin and a former member, national advisory committee, Youth Wing Christian Association of Nigeria.

He also served as a national youth president of TEKAN - a conglomeration of 15 churches in northern Nigeria under the aegis of Tarayar Ekklisiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that Lalong had said those who perpetrated the criminal attacks on some communities in the state are being arrested and will be prosecuted.

The governor made the statement at the mid-term thanksgiving and prayers for Plateau state organised by a new generation church in Jos.

He urged citizens of the state to “use these moments of great trials as an opportunity to unite and support government’s efforts at restoration.”

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