The Oguta-born maverick Second Republic politician, Distinguished Senator Francis Arthur Nzeribe, is dead, he was aged 83.
The family confirmed the death of the politician in a statement on Sunday titled, ‘Our mighty Iroko has fallen: Distinguished Senator Chief Francis is dead’.
A source who spoke to Waka About Africa said the flamboyant politician died in a foreign hospital.
In a statement signed by Ojiabu Francis Anyegbu Nzeribe, Anthony Akpati Nzeribe, and Ojiabu Oliver Nwedo Nzeribe on behalf of the Nzeribe Royal Family.
The statement read, “Umudei Royal Village of Oguta in the Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, in total submission to the will of God Almighty and in appreciation of a remarkably worthy life hereby announces the death of our Son, Cousin, Uncle, Husband, Father, and Grandfather, Distinguished Senator, Chief Francis Arthur Uzoma Nzeribe (Ogbuagu, Oshiji, Damarae Oyirrba of Oguta) on the 5th day of May 2022 at the age of 83.
“While we are pained by this loss, we are proud of this African Legend who distinguished himself in various fields including sports, international business, and politics, and gave the Nzeribe brand worldwide acclaim.
“We appeal to the public to respect the privacy of the family and the solemnity of this event to enable us to grieve in peace.”
Nzeribe represented the Imo Orlu constituency at the Senate from May 1999 to May 2007 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“While we are pained by this loss, we are proud of this African Legend who distinguished himself in various fields including sports, international business, and politics and gave the Nzeribe brand worldwide acclaim.
“The family has immediately commenced the necessary traditional consultations and will in due course release a program for funeral rites.