Sen. Martyns-Yellowe Dies Of Cardiac Arrest

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A former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a frontline politician in Rivers State, Senator Martyns Yellowe is dead.
He died at the age of 63 years Wednesday night at the National Hospital, Abuja.
Late Senator Martyns Yellowe contested 2007 governorship primary election in Rivers State under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Confirming the death in a telephone chat yesterday, younger brother of the deceased and publisher of a Port Harcourt-based newspaper, Today’s Toppers, Mr Ngo Martyns Yellowe said the late senator died as a result of cardiac arrest at about 9.00pm Wednesday night at the National Hospital, Abuja, where he was rushed to and later confirmed dead by the paramedics who attended to him.
The cause of the cardiac arrest was yet to be ascertained as at the time of filling this story.
According to Mr Ngo Martyns Yellowe, since the news of the death of the Senator was broken, more than 300 sympathizers have called to commiserate with the family.
“I can tell you that more than 300 persons have called to condole with the family over the death of our elder brother’, he said.
Among early callers, according to family source, are Rivers State Governor, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt Hon Tonye Harry and the chairman of Degema Local Government Council, Hon Abiye Davis.
The Tide learnt that the immediate family was yet to meet on a date for the burial but, once that was done the funeral programme would be made public.
Late Senator Martyns-Yellowe was a member of Nigerian Senate between 1999-2007. He represented Rivers West Senatorial district during the period.
He was voted best senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for two consecutive times during the period.
He was the first neuro psychiatric in Rivers State and served as the chief medical director of the Rivers State Psychiatric Hospital, Rumuigbo also in Port Harcourt before going into active politics in 1995.
Born on November 12, 1945, he hailed from Bakana in Degema Local Government Areas of Rivers State.
In his reaction, the former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Prof Bedford Fubara said that the death is a shocking news to him.
Prof Fubara also said that the late Senator Yellowe was his friend right from his student days at Government College Umuahia, pointing out that the old boys of the college will miss him greatly.
Also reacting, the former National president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Onueze C.J Okocha described Senator Martins-Yellowe’s death as a vacuum that would be difficult to fill.
In the same vein, Prof Barineme B. Fakae, Vice Chancellor, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Rivers State described Martyns-Yellowe’s death as a huge loss to both Rivers State and Nigeria.

Air Marshall L.O Arerike, chairman of Federal Government Amnesty Committee (right), Committee members, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Mr Azubuko Udah (left), and Mr Bestman Nnwaka, at the committee’s meeting in Port Harcourt, last Tuesday. Photo: Chris Monyanaga.
Air Marshall L.O Arerike, chairman of Federal Government Amnesty Committee (right), Committee members, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Mr Azubuko Udah (left), and Mr Bestman Nnwaka, at the committee’s meeting in Port Harcourt, last Tuesday. Photo: Chris Monyanaga.