Agwu Ukpai, the deputy chief of staff to Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, has died after a brief illness.
Mr Ukpai died in the early hours of Tuesday, it was learnt.
In a statement, Abia commissioner for information John Okiyi-Kalu announced Ukpai’s death, though the cause of death was not stated.
“It is with sadness and a deep sense of loss that Abia State Government wishes to announce the death of Chief Ukpai Agwu Ukpai, PhD, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor, who passed on in the early hours of today after a brief illness,” the statement read.
“Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, is in deep shock as he mourns the untimely exit of Chief Ukpai who has been a long-term associate, friend and irreplaceable partner in progress.
“He will be sorely missed by everyone in Government in particular and Abians in General.”
The government condoled with the immediate family, people of Ohafia LGA and the entire state.