Ossy Prestige, a member of the house of representatives, has died.
It was gathered that Prestige, who represented Aba north/south federal constituency, died of an unknown illness on Monday.
He had been receiving medical attention for some months, both in Nigeria and abroad.
Benjamin Kalu, the house spokesman, confirmed the development, although he did not give further details about the cause of the lawmaker’s death.
“The house will resume and adjourn plenary as our tradition permits for the next day,” he said via text message.
Ossy, a member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), was “committed to good representation and accountability”, according to his Twitter bio.
Prestige is now the third member of the lower legislative chamber to have died in the ninth assembly.
Few weeks ago, when there were rumours of his death, his family had confirmed that he had been sick for some months.
“Hon. Prestige Ossy suddenly reported sick some six months ago and is presently receiving specialist care in Europe where he was transferred to after initial treatment in the United Kingdom,” Chukwu Nnanna had said in a statement issued on behalf of his family.
According to the national assembly website, he clocked 56 on January 24, 2021.
Before his death, Prestige also served on the house of representatives ad hoc committee on eastern ports.