How House of Rep member, Ja’afaru Iliyasu died ‘in his sleep’

Yusuf Bello|Details have emerged about the final moments of Ja’afaru Iliyasu, a member of the house of representatives from Niger state, who died in his sleep on Sunday night.

According to sources close to the Niger state lawmaker, he went to bed peacefully on Sunday night but failed to wake up on Monday morning after returning from a trip to Lagos.

The first term lawmaker who represented Magama/Rijau federal constituency, was in Lagos for a retreat organised for members of the house committee on public accounts.

The source told an Online publication, “He came back from Lagos yesterday; everybody said “good night, good night. Only for him not to wake up this morning.”

Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house; and Idris Wase, the deputy speaker; in separate statements expressed shock at the news of the lawmaker’s demise.

Gbajabiamila who described the late lawmaker as a “gentleman and a determined lawmaker who wanted to make his mark in service to his country,” said he was ”deeply shaken” by Iliyasu’s death.

“Within the last few months that he had been in the House, he proved himself to be a worthy legislator,” the speaker said.

“I must say that I am pained just like my other colleagues over his demise. I pray the Almighty Allah grants him Jannatul Firdaus as his final abode.”

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