A former deputy president of the Senate, Ibrahim Mantu has reportedly died on Monday night after a brief illness at age of 74.
It was gathered that Mantu has been sick for days and died in isolation at a private hospital in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The 74-year-old former lawmaker, who was born on February 16, 1947, is expected to be laid to rest later on Tuesday in Abuja.
A family source in his hometown of Mangu, Plateau State, who confirmed his demise on Tuesday said, ”Yes, it’s true. We just received the news of his demise last night at a hospital in Abuja.
“He has been ill occasionally for some time and when he came to Jos last weekend, the illness started again and he was rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately, he could not make it. We will miss him.”
Ibrahim Mantu’s Political Career
Before his demise, Mantu was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party.
He had been actively involved in politics, which he made a vocation and served in many capacities and also held many political positions, including the Director-General of the Defunct National Republican Convention, Presidential campaign 1993; National Chairman, defunct Peoples Democratic Alliance, and National Publicity Secretary defunct United Nigeria Congress Party.
In 1999, he was elected Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Plateau Central Constituency ) under the platform of the PDP and was appointed Deputy Senate President in August 2001.
His death is coming barely 24 hours after a member of the House of Representatives, Hon Adedayo Omolafe died mysteriously in Ogun State.