A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Bayelsa State chapter, Chief Lionel Jonathan-Omo, is dead.

 

Jonathan-Omo, the Deputy Campaign Director General of Sylva/Igiri Campaign Organisation during the 2016 governorship election in the state reportedly had a fatal fall from the balcony of his two-storey building in his country home in Beleu-Pogo in Ogbolomabiri, Nembe Local Government Area of the state.

He was said to be relaxing on the balcony when he started feeling dizzy. He was trying to get up with the aid of a pillar close to him when he fell off the two-storey building.

Close associates revealed that the fatal fall from the balcony was discovered by his wife after hearing the sound from the kitchen.

He was immediately rushed to a hospital in the state where doctors were said to have advised that he be taken to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in Rivers State.

It was learnt that the deceased was operated upon when he was rushed to the UPTH but did not survive the operation.

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A member of the Nembe Council of Chiefs and the State Chairman of the Civil Liberties Organisation, Chief Nengi James, said the death of Jonathan-Omo, a former Law Lecturer at Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, had thrown the Nembe Kingdom into mourning.

He said the news of his death came as a shock, describing the late Jonathan-Omo as a colossus that had contributed greatly to the Nembe Kingdom and the state as a whole.

Jonathan-Omo was the Deputy Campaign Director General of Sylva/Igiri Campaign Organisation during the 2016 governorship election in the state.

Reacting to the development, the APC described the death of Jonathan-Omo as an “indescribable loss” of a wonderful ally at a time his experience and energy were most needed.

In a statement in Yenagoa on Thursday by the State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr Doifie Buokoribo, the party said Jonathan-Omo, who died on Thursday was a forthright politician, and an illustrious son of Bayelsa State and the Ijaw nation who partook in popular activities to better the lives of his people.

Buokoribo said, “Jonathan-Omo broke his limbs in a fall and fought bravely for his life at a private hospital in Port Harcourt to recover from the injuries he sustained. He never survived them.

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