A former Plateau Central Senator and deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ibrahim Nasiru Mantu, is dead.
A family source, who confirmed the demise to newsmen this morning said the former deputy senate president died at about 2am on Tuesday, after nine days of sickness and isolation.
The source said the legislator died at the Diff hospital in Abuja, explaining that he (Mantu) fell ill about nine days ago and was receiving treatment at home and he was rushed to the hospital when there was no sign of improvement.
The source said the funeral prayer would hold later on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said the family is currently deliberating and making the necessary funeral arrangements.
Mantu was one of the notable figures in the nation’s political landscape for many years.
In 2001 he was elected Deputy Senate President under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a position he held till 2007 when he did not return to the senate.
Mantu, who hails from Gindiri District in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, worked in various establishments before joining politics