Kidnapped wife of dead Ex-Edo Speaker regains freedom

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Hassana, the wife of former speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Zakawanu Garuba who was kidnapped alongside her driver has regained freedom.

She was said to have been kidnaped at Kabba junction in Kogi State while on her way to Auchi from Abuja to prepare for the burial of her husband, Zakawanu Garuba, who died in an Isolation centre in Abuja of Coronavirus related illness.

Hassana, her three children and aged mother of the late Speaker ran into who were said to have made away with the widower while leaving the three children and their grandmother.

Meanwhile, the younger brother to the deceased Speaker disclosed on Saturday night that Hassana has been released unhurt by her abductors. He however said the whereabouts of the driver remained unknown.

The remains of Garuba would be interred tonight in his Auchi residence.

– Zakawanu Garuba –

Close friends said he died at an isolation centre on Saturday. He was 54 years old.

Born on 23 August 1965, in Akpekpe community, Auchi, in Etsako West Local Government Area of the state, Garuba studied Law at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State and was called to Bar in 1990.

He was elected into the Edo State House of Assembly in 2003, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party.

While in the House, he served as chairman of the House committee on judiciary, human rights, and legal matters.

He became Speaker in 2007.

After his exit from legislative duty, Zakawanu Garuba was appointed into the Board of the Securities and Exchange Commission to serve as the Executive Commissioner, Finance and Administration (now known as the corporate services directorate of the commission).

He holds the traditional titles of Oshiote of Auchi Kingdom and Okumagbe of Uzaire.