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Pleatue state Commissioner dies while jogging with Governor

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•Lalong declares 3-day mourning 

…Jonah Okon

The Plateau Housing and Urban Development Commissioner, Mr. Samuel Galadima,  is dead.

Gladima died on Wednesday monring, while jogging this morning with Governor Simon Lalong, at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos.

The state Director of Press Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel Nanle, who confirmed the incident said the Commissioner slumped while jogging.

Nanle said that the official was gasping for breath by the time he arrived the hospital.

He said: “Yes, the commissioner slumped while jogging and was rushed to the Plateau Specialist Hospital, where he died,” he said.

“Doctors tried to stabilise him but could not. We have lost him.”

Meanwhile, Governor Lalong has declared three days of mourning in honour of the late Commissioner.

The Secretary to Government of Plateau, Mr. Rufus Bature, later announced this in a statement on Wednesday.

Part of the statement read: “Lalong on behalf of the Government of Plateau with sincere sense of loss, announce the sudden death of Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Hon. Samuel Galadima.

“The governor has declared three days of mourning beginning from today, Wednesday the 22nd to Friday the 24th of March.

“Galadima passed on to glory this morning, Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017 at the age of 64.”

The late Galadima was part of the state Executive Council members participating in the regular forth-nightly physical exercise at the Jos Township Stadium.

Lalong  has also suspended all his public functions in keeping with the mourning mood of the state.

The governor further appealed to citizens of Plateau to share in the burden of the loss; while praying to God to grant the family and indeed the entire people of the state the fortitude to bear the lose.

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