Update: Confusion in NASS as Nigerian Lawmakers jitter over death of Senator Uwajumogu
...as Lawan, Senate President, Mourns
Members of the National Assembly are jittery as a very vocal lawmaker, Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu, representing Imo North, is reported dead.
Uwajumogu was the chairman, Senate Committee on employment, labour and productivity.
He had attended plenary on Tuesday and contributed to motions and bills.
The death of Uwajumogu is coming barely two weeks after Jafaru Iliyasu Auna, a house of representatives member died in surprising circumstances.
At the National Assembly on Wednesday, the atmosphere was tensed and there was confusion as lawmakers were seeing, gathered and discussing the death of their colleague when the sad news was broken.
The lawmakers are obviously jittery because they are not sure who among them will go next since the harvest of deaths after the 9th National Assembly was inaugurated in June this year.
National Assembly sources said Uwojumogu reportedly slumped in his residence in Abuja.
It was gathered that the deceased lawmaker was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was confirmed dead by medical experts.
At the time of this report, the Senate spokesperson, Senator Godiya Akwashiki, was yet to issue an official statement on the death.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said he is saddened by the sad news of the death of Senator Ben Uwajumogu who represented Imo North Senatorial District in the Senate.
Lawan in a statement by his special adviser on media, Ola Awoniyi, issued in Abuja on Wednesday, commiserated with the family of the deceased Senator and the government and people of Imo State. He described the death as a tragic loss.
Lawan recalled that Senator Uwajumogu was full of life at the Senate Chamber on Tuesday, which made the news of his death even more difficult to take.
“But God gives and takes in line with his supreme sovereignty so we cannot question His will.
“Senator Uwajumogu’s sudden death is shocking and a painful loss to the ninth National Assembly where he always made robust contributions to the debates and other activities of the Upper legislative chamber. He will be greatly missed by all of us his colleagues and staff of the Senate.
Lawan further prayed God to comfort the family of the late Senator, his loved ones and grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.