- The death of a House of Reps member, Ekpenyong Bassey, has made the Senate temporarily abandon their legislative duties
- The red chamber adjourned the plenary on Tuesday, April 26, to honour the deceased lawmaker representing Oron Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom state
- Federal lawmakers held a minute of silence to mourn Bassey who died on Monday, April 25, at the age of 58
The Senate on Tuesday, April 26, adjourned its plenary to honour Ekpenyong Nse Bassey, a member representing Oron Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom state in the House of Representatives.
The lawmakers adjourned the sitting to Wednesday, April 27, upon resumption from a one-week recess to mark the Easter celebration.
This was made known in a series of tweets shared on the red chamber's Twitter account.
The adjournment followed a motion by acting Senate leader, Senator Ajayi Borrofice, who informed the Senate of Bassey's death that occurred on Monday, April 25.
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and was seconded by minority whip, Senator Philip Aduda.
The plenary was adjourned after the senators observed a minute of silence in honour of the deceased lawmaker.
Ovie Omo-Agege, the deputy president of the Senate who presided over Tuesday's sitting said:
“As it is customary with our tradition, we will adjourn plenary in memory of our demised colleague in House of Representatives. Before we do so, I think we should rise for a minute of silence.”
Nse Ekpenyong dies at 58
Legit.ng previously reported the death of the lawmaker representing Oron Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Nse Ekpenyong.
Contrary to the Senate's claim, earlier reports indicated that Ekpenyong aged 58, reportedly died on Saturday, April 23.
The chairman of Mbo local government area, Asuqwo Eyo, confirmed the sad development. Eyo said the federal lawmaker was not ill.
Ekpenyong, before his demise, was a former member of Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly and a former deputy chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa lbom state.
Former two-time minister for Obasanjo, Babangida is dead
Meanwhile, Alagbo Graham Douglas, a two-time minister under the administration of the former head of state, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has been announced dead.
The Punch stated it
He died at the age of 82. Douglas who served as the minister for social development, youths, and sports and later the minister for aviation in Abuja.
Douglas’ career in the civil service spans two eras as he served under a military regime as well as the civilian regime.