- Emmanuel Yawe, the National Publicity Secretary of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has died at the age of 65
- The spokesperson of the influential northern group reportedly died in his sleep in the early hours of Friday, March 11
- The ACF said details of the burial arrangement for the late spokesman would be announced in due course
Legit.ng gathers that his last official assignment was on Thursday, March 10, when he issued a statement on behalf of the ACF in condolence with the people of Benue state over the death of Hon. B.A Chacha, former Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Yawe had been in and out of hospital - Daughter
Confirming Yawe's death, the late ACF spokesperson's daughter said her father had been in and out of hospital in the last few months, but was fine and at home throughout Thursday.
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She was quoted to have said:
“Though he had been ill, but he was fine yesterday (Thursday). He didn’t wake up from sleep this morning (Friday)."
The late Yawe is survived by his wife and four children.
ACF Secretary-General confirms Yawe's death
Also, the Secretary-General of the ACF, Murtala Aliyu, confirmed Yawe’s death. He said the chairman of the ACF had been intimated of the development.
Aliyu said details of the burial arrangement for the ACF’s spokesman would be announced in due course, The Punch reported.
The ACF’s scribe said:
“It is with a heavy heart that I bring to your notice the passing away of our Publicity Secretary Chief Emmanuel Yawe this morning.
“I have intimated the Chairman Audu Ogbeh and he instructed that I should bring it to the notice of members.
“We will be visiting the family and will keep you informed about the burial arrangements. May his gentle soul rest in peace.”
Monumental loss: Former Senate president dies in London hospital
In another report, Joseph Wayas, a former president of the Senate in the Second Republic, died at the age of 80. The governor of Cross River state, Ben Ayade, made this known via a Facebook post on Thursday, December 2, 2021.
Governor Ayade described Wayas' death as "a monumental loss" to Cross River state and Nigeria. He said:
"I received with profound sense of loss and shock, the sad news of the death of Former President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Joseph Wayas. As a state, Cross River is in pains as we mourn the passing of our illustrious son. He was a rare gem. Dr Wayas' demise is indeed a monumental loss to our dear state and Nigeria."