UPDATE 1: Taraba State Government say Governor Danbaba was on the private plane that crashed in Yola but is NOT dead. More updates later…
Report reaching us says the Governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Danfulani Suntai has died in an aircrash at the Yola airport in Adamawa state.
The plane reportedly crashed just behind the NNPC depot.
The governor died in a small plane piloted by him. He died at age 51.
The Special Assistant to the President on Social Media, Reno Omokri, confirmed the governor’s death in a twitter message few minutes ago:
“May the soul of the late departed Governor, Danbaba Suntai, of Taraba State rest in peace and may God grant the state peace this trying time,” he said.
Suntai was a pharmacist who was elected as Executive Governor of Taraba State, Nigeria running for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in April 2007, and was sworn in on 29 May 2007. He ran successfully for reelection on 26 April 2011.
He was admitted to Ahmadu Bello University where he read Pharmacy and graduated in 1984. He did his internship at Yola Specialist Hospital and his National Youth Service at the State Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta, Ogun State (1985–1986).
He then worked at the General Hospital, Ganye in old Gongola State until 1991.