- Delta state House of Assembly has reportedly lost one of its principal members to the cold hands of death
- Tim Kome Owhefere, the house's majority leader, was reported to have died on Wednesday night, January 27
- The deceased, until his death, represented Isoko North constituency in the state legislative house
The majority leader of the Delta state House of Assembly, Tim Kome Owhefere, is dead.
The Nation reports that Owhefere died on Wednesday night, January 27, at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, after being hospitalised for about two weeks.
The news media stated though there is yet to be an official statement on his demise, several sources have confirmed the sad development on Thursday morning, January 28.
Owhefere was said to have been on oxygen for a week before his death, raising speculations that he died of COVID-19.
The speculations are causing anxiety among his colleagues who reportedly visited him at the hospital.
The deceased lawmaker until his death represented Isoko North constituency.
In a related development, the governor of Delta state, Ifeanyi Okowa, has lost his father, Sir Arthur Okorie Okowa.
Okowa's father died in the early hours of Thursday, January 28. The late Okowa who hailed from Owa-Alero, Ika North East local government area of the state died at the age of 88 years at Asaba, the state capital.
He was fondly called AOU, an acronym for the Okpara-Uku of Owa-Alero.
The assembly will remain closed for three weeks after some lawmakers and workers tested positive for COVID-19.
Amid COVID-19, NCDC confirms new infectious disease in this state, 20 deaths recorded out of 200 cases
The cases were confirmed after the state COVID-19 team conducted compulsory tests as a precaution following the spike in the number of infections in Anambra state.
In other news, the federal government has directed all the civil service workers on grade level 12 and below to continue working from home.
The directive was given on Tuesday, January 26, in a circular by Folashade Esan, head of civil service.
The circular was addressed to the offices of the chief of staff to the president, clerk of the national assembly, permanent secretaries.