Kefas Sule, spokesperson Acting Governor Garba Umar confirmed that Mr. Tsokwa had passed on. He died this morning, after just a brief illness.
He died of an undisclosed ailment this morning at the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, the Taraba state capital.
Mr. Tsokwa took ill last Thursday and was rushed to hospital.
Kefas Sule however declined to provide further details, saying the government would await the outcome of reports from the speakers’ doctors before making any further pronouncement on the matter. There were speculations by some of the late speaker’s supporters that Mr. Tsokwa was poisoned, but they could not substantiate the claim.
Haruna Tsokwa had escaped death by the whiskers on September 19 when suspected gunmen attacked his convoy along the Jos – Abuja road. He escaped unhurt but some policemen in his convoy sustained various degrees of gunshot wounds during an exchange of fire between them and their attackers.
Tsokwa attended Federal University of Technology, Yola, and Government Secondary School, Ibbi, for his university and secondary education respectively.
The late speaker is survived by a wife and four children.
May is soul rest in perfect peace.