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Enugu Commissioner, Ekweremadu, slumps and dies

Tragedy visits Ekweremadu family of Mpu, Aninri LGA of Enugu State as Commissioner Mathias Ekweremadu slumps and dies this afternoon.

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Late Hon. Ekweremadu is a cousin to Nigeria’s immediate past Deputy Senate President and ranking Senator, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu.

He was until his death the Enugu State Commissioner for Transport.

Enugu Metro learnt that the Commissioner was at the State House of Assembly to defend his Ministry’s 2021 budget when he fainted.

Eye witnesses said he was immediately rushed to the nearby Niger Foundation Hospital where doctors battled for over an hour to resuscitate him.

The witnesses said that, medically speaking, he was brought in dead, but doctors did all they could to salvage the situation, to no avail.

The cause of death has not been ascertained.

A medical expert said this will only be known if the family requests an autopsy.

“It’s highly unlikely that this will be done since Africans generally take certain types of deaths as the will of God,” he said.

The family has yet to announce the passage.

“The family will have a meeting after which they will issue a statement,” said a source.

Following in the footsteps of his more famous relation, late Mathias Ekweremadu also served as chairman of Aninri Local Government Council.

He was subsequently elected into the Enugu State House of Assembly in 2013 and served for two terms. He was elected Chief Whip of the Assembly in his second term.

Hon. Ekweremadu is a recipient of the national honour, Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).

He had been trying to cope with the sudden loss of his final year engineering undergraduate son two years ago.

Senator Ekweremadu, Enugu Metro learnt, heard the news at Dubai, where he is attending a meeting of International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace (IPTP).

Enugu State Government where he served as a Cabinet member, is also yet to issue a statement.

Family announces 5 March for burial

Monday, 8 February 2021. 18.35 hrs

Senator Ike Ekweremadu today announced 5 March 2021 as burial date for the fallen Commissioner, as agreed between the family and the Enugu State Government.

He broke the news while receiving the Governor of Rivers State who paid him a condolence visit, accompanied by Chief Austin Opara, former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The Governor visited the ranking Senator, family of the Commissioner and Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi at Government House Enugu.

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Senator Ekweremadu’s brother Commissioner Ekweremadu slumps and dies while defending Ministry’s budget at Enugu State House of Assembly.