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Monday, 4 November 2013

Taraba Speaker, Haruna Tsokwa, is dead

It has now been confirmed that the Speaker of the Taraba state House of Assembly, Haruna Tsokwa is dead.
Premium Times reports that the Acting governor’s spokesperson Kefas Sule,  confirmed the death.

Reports say he died of an undisclosed ailment this morning at the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, the Taraba state capital.
Mr. Tsokwa was said to have taken ill last Thursday and was rushed to hospital.

“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. PREMIUM TIMES could also not independently verify the claim.
The late speaker had been a staunch supporter of Acting Governor Garba Umar 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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