- Abia state has lost one of its representatives in the National Assembly
- The late assembly member, Ossy Prestige, reportedly died at the age of 56
- Until his death, Prestige was a member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance
In a big blow for members of the House of Representatives, another lawmaker has lost the battle after he passed on, following an undisclosed illness on Monday, February 8.
The member, Ossy Prestige, representing Aba north/south federal constituency, has reportedly been receiving medical attention for some months, both in Nigeria and abroad.
According to the Cable, the death of the 56-year-old lawmaker was confirmed by Benjamin Kalu, the house spokesman.
He was quoted to have written in a text message:
“The house will resume and adjourn plenary as our tradition permits for the next day."
Until his death, he was a member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and is now the third member of the lower legislative chamber to have died in the ninth assembly.
The two other members of the lower chamber who were snatched away by death are Jaafaru Illiyasu and Mohammed Faggen-Gawo.
Illiyasu died in December 2019 and Faggen Gawo followed suit weeks after, in the same month.
In another report, Legit.ng reports that a United States-based Nigerian, identified as Chinweizu has reportedly escaped from kidnappers’ den after beating one of his captors to a pulp.
The man was said to have been abducted on the Akara Isuikwuato Road in Abia state alongside an unidentified woman.
It was gathered that the kidnappers seized the duo around 3pm on Wednesday, February 3, and took them into the forest.
A source close to Chinweizu, who spoke in confidence, said he attacked one of the kidnappers when he turned his back on him.
Legit.ng also reported that Eloniyo Dennis Abuda, an Edo prince who was kidnapped in the south-south state on Saturday, January 30, was not as lucky as Chineweizu.
Days after his kidnap, his decomposing body was discovered in a forest.
A top security chief, who spoke in confidence, authoritatively confirmed the sad development.