A senior lawyer and Head of Legal Services at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Yola Office, Mr. Stephen Ibyem, has died after nearly collapsing while presenting his case at the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal. He was aged 48 years.

CITY LAWYER gathered that though Ibyem managed to reach Makurdi where he sought medical treatment, he went into coma and died afterwards.

According to Mr. Sunny Odey, a lawyer and family friend of the deceased, “He was at Abuja doing a matter in the Court of Appeal when he suddenly felt dizzy and nearly slumped but managed to put himself together. He left Abuja immediately to Makurdi where he went to see his Doctor.

“He slumped owing to exhaustion and went into coma for two days but couldn’t get out of it. This morning he went cold, and to the great beyond.

“May the soul of our gentle, amiable and hard working brother, friend and colleague find perfect rest in the bosom of the Almighty.”

Confirming the lawyer’s demise, a teacher at the Nigerian Law School, Mr. Sylvester Udemezue wrote: “I received with rude shock news about the sudden death of Mr. Stephen Ibyem of INEC’S Office Yola. He answered the Lord’s call this morning in a Makurdi based hospital after a brief illness. We pray for the repose soul of Mr. Stephen Ibyem and all the faithful departed.”

CITY LAWYER gathered that the deceased welcomed his second child barely a few weeks to his tragic demise.

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