Monday, November 18, 2013
Ijaw leader, Tari Sekibo, slumps, dies
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
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.