- Senator Rose Okoji Oko from Cross River state has reportedly died of an undisclosed illness at a medical facility in the UK
- Before her death, Rose Okoji Oko served as chairman of the Senate committee on trade and investment
- The death of the lawmaker was confirmed by a close relative, Patrick Ikorgor Okoroji, who said the senator died after a long battle with some health issues
Rose Okoji Oko, a senator representing the northern senatorial district of Cross River state on the platform of the PDP reportedly died at a UK medical facility.
The federal lawmaker before her death on Monday, March 23, served as the chairman of the Senate committee on trade and investment, The Sun reports.
Her death was confirmed by a close relative, Patrick Ikorgor Okoroji, who said the senator died after a long battle with an undisclosed illness. She was aged 63.
"Heartbroken to hear of the passing of my dear Cousin Senator Dr Rose Okoji Oko after a long fought battle with physical affliction,” her relative said.
“You gave your best to your world now that it has pleased the Almighty God to call you home may your soul find eternal rest in Heaven. Adieu, Distinguished Senator Dr Rose Okoji Oko.”
Meanwhile, Abba Kyari, the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has raised an urgent alarm to the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, about the arrogance of some Nigerian lawmakers towards health officials at the airport.
According to Premium Times, Kyari, in a letter addressed to the speaker of the lower legislative chamber on Saturday, March 21, said the minister of health had drawn his attention to lawmakers' repeated violation of screening procedures at the airports.
Though the letter surfaced online in the morning on Monday, March 23, the origin of who posted first remains unclear. It also did not specifically mention the names of lawmakers that declined screening after their arrival from a foreign trip.
The chief of staff in the letter went on to urge Gbajabiamila to rein in the excesses of federal lawmakers and immediately ask those who refused to submit to a coronavirus test to report themselves at the screening centres.
Lanre Lasisi, the spokesperson for Gbajabiamila, however, declined to make any comment about the letter.
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