A member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Adewale Oluwatayo, has died in Abuja.
He reportedly died on Wednesday, but information about the incident filtered into the National Assembly on Thursday.
The deceased represented Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency of Lagos State.
He was the Chairman, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government between 2004 and 2007 before serving as a Special Adviser on Education to Lagos State Government from 2009 to 2011.
He was last seen at the National Assembly on Wednesday.
Findings indicated that though the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, had been briefed on the incident, he did not announce it on the floor to members because the family of the late lawmaker had not been informed.
However, in a condolence message soon after the House rose, Dogara consoled with the family.
The condolence message expressed shock over the death of the lawmaker.
“The late Hon. Elijah died when his services to the nation were most needed.
“We mourn our fallen colleague as one who gave his best in service to God and humanity.
“He was a committed and hard working member, who championed the cause of his people.
“Our hearts go out to his immediate family, the people of Ifako/Ijaiye Federal Constituency and Lagos state over this great loss.
“I pray God Almighty to give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. We will surely miss him in the Green Chamber”, the message, which was signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, read.