The President of the pan-Ijaw socio-cultural organisation, Ijaw National Congress (INC), Tari Sekibo, on Monday slumped and died in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. Mr. Sekibo, a Second Republic (1979-1983) Senator, who hailed from Okrika in Rivers State, was in Yenagoa for a meeting with INC officials when he died.
Mr. Sekibo’s corpse has since been deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa.
In his reaction to the death, an Ijaw leader, Thompson Okorotie, said he received the news of the death of Mr. Sekibo with great shock and disbelief.
Mr. Okorotie, a former lawmaker in the old Rivers State House of Assembly during the Second Republic, described the deceased as an accomplished Ijaw nationalist.
“The news of the death of Chief Sekibo came as a great shock to me. He was an accomplished person, a distinguished Senator of the Second Republic and traditional ruler in Okrika.
“He was a man that had lived a fine life. We knew he was going to give a responsible leadership to the Ijaw National Congress, when we elected him during the INC convention held last May.
“May his soul rest in peace,” Mr. Okorotie said.