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A former Senator, in the third republic, Francis Arthur Nzeribe on Sunday passed on.
The Eastern Updates gathered that Nzeribe died at the age of 83 on Sunday morning.
The former lawmaker died of an undisclosed ailment at a foreign hospital.
“He died this morning in a hospital abroad. The family will soon release a statement,” a family source told Sahara Reporters.
Nzeribe was elected a Senator to represent Orlu in 1999.
In November 2002, a former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, suspended Nzeribe indefinitely over an allegation of N22 million fraud.
Meanwhile, the family has confirmed the death of the late politician, they made the confirmation in a statement on Sunday titled, ‘Our mighty Iroko has fallen: Senator Chief Francis is dead’.
The statement which was signed by Ojiabu Francis Anyegbu Nzeribe, Anthony Akpati Nzeribe, and Ojiabu Oliver Nwedo Nzeribe on behalf of the Nzeribe Royal Family was made available to The Eastern Updates.
The statement read, ‘Umudei Royal Village of Oguta in the Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, in total submission to the will of God Almighty and in appreciation of a remarkably worthy life hereby announces the death of our Son, Cousin, Uncle, Husband, Father, and Grandfather, Distinguished Senator, Chief Francis Arthur Uzoma Nzeribe (Ogbuagu, Oshiji, Damarae Oyirrba of Oguta) on the 5th day of May 2022 at the age of 83.
‘While we are pained by this loss, we are proud of this African Legend who distinguished himself in various fields including sports, international business, and politics and gave the Nzeribe brand worldwide acclaim.
‘The family has immediately commenced the necessary traditional consultations and will in due course release a programme for funeral rites.
‘We appeal to the public to respect the privacy of the family and the solemnity of this event to enable us to grieve in peace.’
Condolence messages have began to pour in for the late Imo politician.