- Former speaker of Edo state House of Assembly, Zakawanu Garuba, is dead
- Garuba died on Saturday, July 18, of an undisclosed ailment at the age of 54
- The late lawmaker was born on August 23, 1965, at Akpekpe community in Auchi kingdom in Etsako West local government area of the state
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A former speaker of Edo state House of Assembly, Zakawanu Garuba, is dead.
Nigerian Tribune reports that Garuba, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who was speaker between 2007 and 2009, died at age of 54, in Abuja in the early hours of Saturday, July 18, after a brief undisclosed illness.
Legit.ng gathered that the former speaker, a lawyer was elected into the Edo state House of Assembly in 2003, on the platform of PDP but became speaker in 2007.
After his exit from legislative duty, Garuba was appointed into the Board of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to serve as the executive commissioner, finance and administration (now known as the corporate services directorate of the commission).
He was born on August 23, 1965, at Akpekpe community in Auchi kingdom in Etsako West local government area of the state.
He attended Our Lady of Fatima College, Auchi between 1978 and 1983 before proceeding to the famous Edo College Benin, for his Higher School Certificate.
Garuba studied law at the University of Ife, Ile Ife, Osun state (now Obafemi Awolowo University), and was called to Bar in 1990.
While in the House, he served as chairman of the House committee on judiciary, human rights, and legal matters.
He holds the traditional titles of Oshiote of Auchi Kingdom and Okumagbe of Uzaire.
The former lawmaker is survived by a wife and three children.
The newspaper said that friends and former classmates have taken to social media to mourn the passage of the former two-time lawmaker.
It was gathered that a former member of the Edo state House of Assembly, Pascal Ugbome, the World Wide President (WWP) of Our Lady of Fatima College Old Boys Association (OLOFOBA) who took to the association’s WhatsApp chat group to mourn Garuba, described him as a friend, brother and passionate Olofobaite.
Ugbome wrote: “Our friend, brother and passionate Olofobaite Rt. Hon Zakawanu Garuba has gone to be with the Lord. He passed on this morning. Oh God, what a loss.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, condoled with Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah over the death of his mother, late Janet Hauwa Kukah.
It was reported that in a condolence message, made available by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi on Thursday, the former president described the late mother as a worthy gift to Nigeria and humanity. Obasanjo also commended Kukah's love and attention given to his mother.
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