Former military Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga, has died of COVID-19 at the age of 68.
The demise of Otuekong Nkanga, a retired Sir Commodore of the Nigerian Air Force, was officially announced by the Akwa Ibom State Government through a state statement signed the the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem.
“The Government of Akwa Ibom State hereby formally announces the death of a former Military Governor of our state, Air Commodre Idongesit Nkanga, who died at night on 24th December,2020, ” the statement said.
“The information from the Isolation center where he was admitted and managed indicates that the first indigenous military Governor of our state and leader of Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF) died from complications resulting from COVID-19 infection. Requisite protective protocol and contact tracing have been immediately activated.”
“Otuekong Nkanga was the Director General of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Divine Mandate Campaign organization 2015 & 2019. He was also the Chairman of the Ibom Airport Development company and Ibom Air.”
“The Governor, HE Udom Emmanuel is greatly saddened by the news of his passing and condoles with the bereaved family. Consequently, the Governor has declared a seven day period of mourning effective Saturday, 26th December,2020. Flags are to be flown at half mast for the entire duration of the mourning in the state, ” the statement concluded.