A Nigerian senator representing Cross River North, Rose Oko, has reportedly passed away.
The 63-year-old senator died on Monday night at a United Kingdom (UK) medical facility where she had been receiving treatment for a protracted illness in the last one month.
Oko was a member of the House of Representatives representing Yala/Ogoja Federal Constituency during the 7th National Assembly.
Oko’s death is the third since the inauguration of the ninth senate.
TheCable quoted an associate of her of saying on Tuesday that for the past four weeks, the senator had been in the UK receiving treatment.
“For the past four weeks she has been in the UK, the senator was battling high blood pressure and a kidney problem,” he said.
“She was getting better but this now happened.”
Her death is coming after that of Benjamin Uwajumogu, Imo senator, and Ignatius Longjan, Plateau senator.
Until her demise, Oko, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member, was the chairperson of the senate committee on trade and investment.
She was elected into office as the first female representative from her constituency in June 2011.
Between 2011 and 2015 she represented Yala/Ogoja federal constituency.
Oko assumed office as senator representing Cross River north in 2015 and was reelected in 2019.
Oko was a second-term member of the upper chamber and served as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade and Investment.
Her death comes about six weeks after Plateau senator, Ignatius Longjan, passed on and three months after Imo senator, Ben Uwajumogwu, died.