- Ignatius Datong Longjan, a serving senator from Plateau state has been confirmed dead by his media aide, Wulime Goyit
- Longjan who was a former deputy governor of the state represents Plateau Southern senatorial district in the National Assembly
- Another official, John Dafa’an, who was Longjan's former chief of staff, also confirmed the lawmaker's death
Ignatius Datong Longjan, a serving senator from Plateau state has reportedly died in a Turkish hospital in Abuja after battling an undisclosed illness.
Longjan who was a former deputy governor of the state represents Plateau Southern senatorial district in the National Assembly.
The New Telegraph reports that the lawmaker's death was confined by his media aide, Wulime Goyit on Monday morning, February 10.
Another official, John Dafa’an, who was Longjan's former chief of staff, also confirmed the lawmaker's death to the Vanguard newspaper.
"It is true, our father and distinguished Senator representing Plateau South is death, baba died after battling with illness for a long time in Turkey,” Dafa’an said.
Senator Longjan was elected in 2019 on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
In another report, the president of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, alongside the leadership of the Senate on Thursday, February 6, inaugurated an ad-hoc committee to review Nigeria's constitution.
This was disclosed in a tweet via the official Twitter handle of the upper chamber. The 56-member review committee is headed by the deputy Senate president, Ovie Omo-Agege.
Lawan during plenary session announced members of the steering and substantive committees of the review of the constitution.
The committee is made up of all eight principal officers of the red chamber including one senator from each state, and two members from each geo-political zones.
This is coming less than three days after the president of the Senate, set up an ad-hoc committee on Nigeria security challenges. The special assistant to the Senate president made the disclosure in a tweet.
Meanwhile, the Coalition for Nigeria has rejected the inclusion of the lawmaker representing Abia South, Enyinnaya Abaribe, in the Senate's ad-hoc committee on security challenges.
The coalition alleged that there is overwhelming evidence indicting Abaribe as a known ally of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, February 5, the national president of the coalition, Sabo Odeh, said it is morally unacceptable that Abaribe is part of the ad-hoc committee to review the security challenges in Nigeria.
Odeh said the attempt may jeopardise the military operation in fighting insecurity across various regions of the nation. Recalling that the Abia lawmaker stood in as surety for Kanu in 2017 and only recently called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over security concerns, Odeh said Abaribe shouldn't be placed in such critical position.
To news on security, the speaker of Nigerian House of Reps Femi Gbajabiamila and the chairman committee on defence, Babajimi Benson, have stated their worry that foreign government is backing insurgency in the country.
According to The Nation, this was disclosed after the lawmakers had a meeting with security chiefs on Wednesday, February 5, following the growing concerns of insecurity in Nigeria.
The House of Reps speaker who confirmed that the conspiracy theory was discussed during the meeting urged the service chiefs to double up their efforts in the fight against insurgency.
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