A former lawmaker who represented Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Jerome Eke, has died barely 10 days after losing his wife identified as Joan.
It was gathered that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain died last Friday, though the cause of death was not disclosed.
Jerome Eke’s death was confirmed to The Punch by his predecessor in the House of Reps, Ogbonna Nwuke.
Nwuke described Eke as an “astute campaigner and jolly good fellow’, saying his demise is a big loss to the Etche people.
“He (Eke) was a jolly good fellow, a very astute campaigner and he was very close to me regardless of our political differences. It is a great loss for the Etche nation.”
Also, a councilor and leader of Etche Legislative Assembly, Blackson Nwayanwu, said, “Yes, he (Eke) is actually dead. But I don’t know the details yet. His wife too is dead.”
Naija News reports that Mr Akintunde Opaleye, a former Chairman of Oyo State Amateur Boxing Association has reportedly passed away.
The sad development was confirmed to newsmen on Sunday evening, January 17 in a statement by Mr Adeniyi Alebiosu, the state chairman, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Naija News reports.
Reports had it Opaleye passed out on Sunday morning at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
Alebiosu who revealed that the deceased had been receiving treatments for an ailment at the reported hospital. He expressed his sadness over Opaleye’s death, noting that the sad development has “robbed sportswriters in Oyo State of a big brother, reliable friend and great supporter.”