A former Comptroller of Customs, Senator Ali Wakili, and the lawmaker representing Bauchi South Senatorial District, is dead.
According to Naija.com, a journalist with the Voice of America (VOA), Saleh Shehu Ashaka, announced the death of the All Progressives Congress (APC) senator in a tweet on Saturday, March 17.
The Daily Nigerian, citing the account of a family member reported that the lawmaker slumped at his Gwarimpa residence, Abuja on Saturday morning, March 17, and was rushed to Viewpoint Hospital, where he was certified dead. He died at the age of 58.
Daily Trust also reported that the death of Wakili, who served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Poverty Alleviation, was confirmed by the SpecialA to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in a phone call.
The aide said Bukola Saraki was shocked when he learnt about the death of the lawmaker. Shortly after he was informed about the death of the senator, the Senate President stated that he was on his way to the Wakili house to pay his respects to his family.
The death was also confirmed by Buhari’s aide on new media, Bashir Ahmad.
Senator Wakili was an active member of the APC caucus in the Nigerian Senate. He recently protested against the removal of Senator Abdullahi Adamu as Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum (NSF) without the general knowledge of its members.
Late Wakili served as Customs Area Controller, Ikeja Industrial, Tin Can Island Port (TCIP) Command, among other places before he was retired under Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko Inde, as the Comptroller General of Customs.