Gyang Bere, Jos
Former Senator Representing Plateau South in the National Assembly, Gen. John Nanzip Shagaya (rtd), was confirmed dead on Sunday following a ghastly motor accident he was involved in along Ampaire village of Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Late John Shagaya’s younger brother, Andrew Ntiam, who confirmed the incident to Daily Sun in a telephone interview, said he received a phone call at about 2:30pm that informed him of the fatal incident.
Mr. Ntiam said Shagaya left Langtanag for Jos at about 11:30am; it was along the way that the accident which claimed his life occurred.
“I was informed at about 2:30pm that Sen. John Shagaya [had] an accident in Ampaire, the headquarters of Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau State. I don’t have details of how the incident happen but I was told that the car somersaulted into the bush and he died,” he said.
“The driver and the orderly were badly injured and they are currently receiving medical treatment at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) and his corpse was deposited at the mortuary of Air Force Hospital Jos.”
It was gathered that Shagaya was traveling from the village to Jos in his Land Cruiser Jeep when the vehicle lost control and somersaulted into the bush.
Gen. Shagaya, a founding member of the All Progressive Congress (APC), was recently appointed Board Chairman, National Institute for Policy and Strategy Studies (NIPSS) by President Muhammadu Buhari.
When Daily Sun visited the family residence in Jos, only the gate man and a few individuals were found in the house looking very uncomfortable, weary and sad.
Late Shagaya was elected to the Senate in April 2007 as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), after his retirement from the military.
Director of Press and Public Affair, Government House Jos, Emmanuel Nanle, said Government will communicate officially when it receives clearance from the family.