Senator John Shagaya dies in auto crash

Former Nigerian Senator who represented Plateau Southern Zone in the red chamber, John Shagaya, reportedly died in an accident that occurred while on his way to Jos from Langtang on Sunday.

Senator John Shagaya who passed on at the age of 76, was recently appointed as the Chairman National Institute for Policy and Strategy Studies (NIPSS) by President Buhari. Shagaya was also a former minister of internal affairs.

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Few days ago, it was reported that Gyang Dantong, the Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial District in the upper legislative chamber was dead.

The member representing Barikin Ladi at the State House of Assembly, Gyang Filani  was also reported dead too on same day.

There was however conflicting reports of how the two lawmakers died.

While one version said they were shot dead while attending the burial of those killed on Saturday in attacks on some villages in Barinkin Ladi, the News Agency of Nigeria quoted Ruwang Dantong as saying his brother, 55, died of heart attack. Mr. Ruwang said the senator died after seeing the dead bodies of  his kinsmen killed in an attack on Kakuruk village in  Barikin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau.

Mr. Ruwang also confirmed the death of Assemblyman Gyang Filani, representing Barikin Ladi constituency in Plateau House of Assembly.

Mr. Ruwang said both  representatives were at the scene of the attack carried out between Friday and Saturday when they started hearing gunshots from another set of attackers.

Shocked by the situation, the duo collapsed and were taken to Barikin Ladi General Hospital where they were pronounced dead. When contacted, the spokesman of the state command of the Nigerian Police, Emmanuel Abu, said he heard of the incident but was yet to be briefed officially.

The late senator was a former member of the House of Representatives and two-term member of the senate, where he was also a member of the Aviation committee.

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