Taraba Speaker Passes on


The Speaker of the Taraba State House of
Assembly, Haruna Tsokwa, is dead.
He died of an undisclosed ailment yesterday
morning at the Federal Medical Centre,
Jalingo, the Taraba state capital.
Mr. Tsokwa took ill last Thursday and was rushed to hospital. Kefas Sule, spokesperson for Acting Governor Garba Umar confirmed t that Mr. Tsokwa had passed on.
“He died this morning, after just a brief
illness,” he said.
Mr. Sule however declined to provide further
details, saying the government would await
the outcome of reports from the speakers’
doctors before making any further
pronouncement on the matter.
There were speculations by some of the late
speaker’s supporters that Mr. Tsokwa was
poisoned, but they could not substantiate the claim.
The late speaker had been a staunch
supporter of Acting Governor Garba in the
ongoing battle for the control of the state.
Mr. Tsokwa had escaped death by the
whiskers on September 19 when suspected
gunmen attacked his convoy along the Jos –
Abuja road.
He escaped unhurt but some policemen in his convoy sustained various degrees of gunshot wounds during an exchange of fire between them and their attackers.
Mr. Tsokwa attended Federal University of
Technology, Yola, and Government Secondary School, Ibbi, for his university and secondary education respectively.
He is survived by a wife and four children.

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