Dambaba Suntai, a former governor of Taraba State, who survived an air crash at the Yola Airport in Adamawa State in 2012 has died in his home. He was 55 years old.
Suntai has been undergoing rehabilitation for brain injuries arising from the plane crash.
The news of his demise was confirmed by the former commissioner of information in the state, Emmanuel Bello.
He ran for governor and won on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party in 2007. He was sworn in as governor on May 29 of that year. He was re-elected in 2011.
Suntai, a trained pilot, was flying the plane when it crashed in neighbouring Adamawa State in 2012. Some of his aides passed away in the tragic incident.
He never returned to office after the accident and his deputy served out his tenure as acting governor.
In 2015, it was reported that the former governor had suffered a stroke. In the last days of his life, his wife was reportedly his only constant companion.