A former deputy governor of Benue State, Prince Ogiri Ajene, is dead.

He died in a London Hospital after a brief illness.

The deceased was George Akume’s deputy for eight years before he became a Senate Minority Leader in the upper legislative chamber.

Shortly after the news of his demise filtered into town, many sympathizers trooped into his residence and wept uncontrollably.

The Special Adviser to Governor Gabriel Suswam on Electoral Matters, Hon. Chia Addingi, described Ajene as a fine gentleman who served the state and his people diligently and will forever be remembered.

Jacob Ajene, the brother to the deceased, said the former deputy governor’s death had thrown the family into total confusion just as he said a long vacuum has been left in the family of the Ajene, who are known for their simplicity.

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