Nigeria’s first Republic Senator, Arthur Nzeribe

Senator Arthur Nzeribe, a member of the National Assembly from Imo West in the First Republic, is said to have died.

The once-powerful politician died in a foreign hospital of an undisclosed illness. He was 83.

“He died this morning in a hospital abroad. The family will soon release a statement”, the source said.

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Nzeribe had been severely ill and in a wheelchair for months. In 2017, a photo of him, surrounded by doctors, went viral.

He was born on November 2, 1938. In his twenties, Nzeribe struck it rich, rising to become a major player in the country’s financial sector.

Providence smiled upon him, and he rose to become one of the most prominent and important figures in Nigeria’s political scene.

In 1999, he was elected to the Senate to represent the Orlu region.

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