BREAKING: Nigeria’s Senator Rose Oko dies in UK

Nigerian has lost another lawmaker, Senator Rose Oko, who died in the United Kingdom (UK).

Senator Oko was Chairman, Senate Committee on Trade and Investment, who represented the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Cross River North until her death.

Aged 63, Senator Oko, who was one of the female lawmakers at the Senate, died Monday night at a medical facility in UK.

She was elected into the Nigeria’s 8th Chamber, in June, 2015, as the first female Senator from her Senatorial District, Cross River State, and was reelected in 2019.

Her death is the second in a row, after the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Ignatius Datong Longjan, All Progressives Congress (APC), who repreeseted Plateau South, and died on Sunday, February 10, 2020, at a Turkish hospital in Abuja.

Likewise, before the demise of Senator Longjan, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity, Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu of All Progressives Congress (APC), Imo South died on December 18, 2019.

An associate of Senator Oko, who confirmed her death to the media, Mr Patrick Okoroji, saddened by the sad occurrence, said he was: “heartbroken to hear of the passing of my dear cousin, Senator Dr Rose Okoji Oko, after a long-fought battle with a physical affliction.

“You gave your best to your world now that it has pleased the Almighty God to call you home may your soul find eternal rest in Heaven. Adieu, Distinguished Senator Dr Rose Okoji Oko.”

Born September 27, 1956, Senator Rose Okojie Oko was a member of the Federal House of Representatives, then from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), representing Yala/Ogoja Federal Constituency.

She was elected into office as the first female representative from her constituency in June 2011 and sat as Deputy Chairman House Committee on Education.