Former Bayelsa Commissioner, Lionel Jonathan-Omo dies after falling off his balcony

A former Bayelsa Commissioner, Lionel Jonathan-Omo, reportedly died from the injuries he sustained after he slumped and fell off a balcony in his country home in Ogbolomabiri area of Nembe, Nembe Local Government Area of the state yesterday July 12th.

Former Bayelsa Commissioner, Lionel Jonathan-Omo dies after falling off his balcony lailasnews

Jonathan-Omo, the Deputy Campaign Director General of Sylva/Igiri Campaign Organisation during the 2016 governorship election in the state, was said to be relaxing on the balcony when he started feeling dizzy. He was trying to get up with the aid of a pillar close to him when he fell off the two-storey building.

The former Bayelsa Commissioner, who was a former lecturer at the River State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), writer and a frontline advocate that the country should return to commercial agriculture, was rushed to the community hospital but was transferred to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in Rivers State (UPTH) where he was declared dead.

Reacting to the development, the APC described the death of Jonathan-Omo as an “indescribable loss” of a wonderful ally, at a time his experience and energy were most needed.

In a statement in Yenagoa on Thursday by the State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr Doifie Buokoribo, the party said Jonathan-Omo, who died on Thursday was a forthright politician, and an illustrious son of Bayelsa State and the Ijaw nation who partook in popular activities to better the lives of his people.

Buokoribo said, “Jonathan-Omo broke his limbs in a fall and fought bravely for his life at a private hospital in Port Harcourt to recover from the injuries he sustained. He never survived them.

“The chief died on Thursday after an unsuccessful operation. All of us had hoped that Jonathan-Omo would recover from his injuries and get on with his life, particularly, at this time of intense political activities in our state and country when his experience and wisdom are seriously needed.

“Lionel Jonathan-Omo, who is from Nembe, trained as a lawyer and taught Law at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology for several years. He was a former commissioner in Bayelsa State.

“He was also a delegate representing the state at the 2005 National Political Reform Conference. Until his death, he was a member of the APC. During the 2015-2016 governorship elections, he was the Deputy Director General of the Sylva/Igiri Campaign Organisation.

He earned his living as founder of Achievers Farm in Igbogene-Yenagoa.”

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