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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has described his late colleague, Adewale Elijah Oluwatayo, as hardworking and patriotic.

The Speaker said he was “deeply affected” by the news of his sudden death.

Oluwatayo, who represented Ifako/Ijaiye Federal Constituency of Lagos state on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was found dead in his Abuja home on Thursday, July 21.

“The late Hon. Elijah died when his services to the nation was most needed,” Dogara said.

“We mourn our fallen colleague as one who gave his best in service to God and humanity. He was a committed and hardworking member who championed the cause of his people.

“Our hearts goes to his immediate family, the people of Ifako/Ijaiye Federal constituency and Lagos state over this great loss.

“I pray God almighty to give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. We will surely miss him in the Green Chamber.”

The dead body of the lawmaker, who was said to be healthy before his death, was discovered by his workers in his bedroom.

Oluwatayo was special adviser on education in Lagos state between 2009 and 2011, and chairman, electricity board, between 2004 and 2007.

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