Ex-Plateau deputy gov, Akun, dies at 76, Lalong mourns


James Abraham, Jos

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has described the death of a former interim deputy governor of the state, Jethro Akun, as a great loss.

It was learnt that the elder statesman, who recently clocked 76, died after a brief illness on Thursday.

Until his death, Akun was a key member of the All Progressives Congress.

He had served the state in various capacities including as a two terms member of the Plateau State House of Assembly and also Commissioner, serving variously in Ministries of Information and Communication as well as Youths and Sports.

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In 2006, he served as the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party from where he was appointed as Deputy Governor to Michael Botmang who took over as Governor after his boss, Joshua Dariye was impeached.

Akun and his boss spent six months in office before they were removed by the Supreme Court which declared the interim administration as illegal.

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Lalong in a statement said, “His passion for community development and empowerment saw him emerging as the President National Association of Microfinance Banks having spearhead and facilitated the establishment of the Daffo Mangai Community Bank in Bokkos LGA and many others across the nation.”

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