Senator Ahmed Zannah, who was re-elected in the April, 2015 election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to represent Borno Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly, died, on Saturday, at the age of 60 after a brief illness. He is suspected to have struggled with liver cancer.
Zannah, a ranking senator, who was once quoted as saying he knew where the abducted Chibok, Borno State girls were being kept by their abductors, is the fifth senator to die in the seventh Senate.
Others who have died included Gyang Datung who represented Plateau North; Pius Ewherido who represented Delta Central; Awaisu Kuta who represented Niger East and Uche Chukwumerije who represented Abia North.
Zannah is a successful businessman, and a member of the board of many federal establishments.
In 2000, he was in the board of the National Electrical Power Authority (NEPA). In 2007, Zannah was one of the organisers of the Democratic Women Forum, an organisation that supported the political aspirations of former military ruler General Ibrahim Babangida.
He was also a member of the Power Sector Reform Committee. He is described as an elder with a good track record in public service
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