The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, on Thursday refuted reports by an online medium, which claimed that he slumped and passed away at the National Assembly during his ministry’s budget defence.
The minister, who debunked the death rumour via Facebook, said that he was hale and hearty.
The Facebook message read, “Dear friends, please disregard the wicked tissue of lies contained in an online publication about an unfortunate incident said to have taken place today at the National Assembly and in which I was said to have been involved.”
According to The Vanguard, a man in his late 50s, had slumped and died at the House of Representatives wing of the National Assembly.
Following the incident, an online publication mentioned the name of Senator Ngige as the deceased.
It was learnt that the deceased, who was yet to be identified as at the time of filing this report, slumped at the third floor of the House of Representatives at about 10a.m.
According to an eyewitness report, the deceased slumped in front of the office of Chairman, House Committee on Police Affairs and efforts by a medical team to revive him failed.