The Director of Press and Public Affairs (DOPPA) to the Plateau State Government, Mr. Emmanuel Nanle has died in an Indian hospital, official sources say.

Nanle was confirmed to have been set for overseas treatment last week.

An ex Media Adviser to  Governor Simon Lalong, Hon. Dan Manjang had last week told MKB that the media director was suffering a critical illness that required urgent attention.

It was not clear what illness it might be but rumours had it that Mr. Nanle had a lived related ailment.

News of his demise appeared on social media on this morning including a progovernment news blog, The State of Plateau.

The incident has not been officially announced yet.

Punch however quotes an unnamed family source as saying, “Actually, he has been having health challenges since last year and we heard that it is colon cancer. But he told me he had a growth in the large intestine. A surgery was carried out here in Jos mid last year. But it couldn’t heal, they had to fly him to India in January this year.

“And then, he went, spent about a month there, came back and he has been on medication since. You observed that throughout this year, he hasn’t been doing anything serious. He never travelled with the governor on most official trips.”

When contacted by Punch, the Senior Special Assistant to governor Simon Lalong (Media and Publicity), Mark Longyen, confirmed the death but didn’t give details.

He said, “Yes, it is true; DOPPA-Director of Press and Public Affairs (Dr. Emmanuel Samuel Nanle) is dead. He was flown abroad, specifically India, last week. Two weeks ago, the sickness degenerated.

“The sickness wasn’t too clear. The official information is that he died in an Indian Hospital this night. He’s from Pankshin. The thing got worse last week and was flown out.”

Nanle, an indigene of Pankshin, was a former member, National Advisory Committee, Youth Wing Christian Association of Nigeria and ex-National Youth President of TEKAN – a conglomeration of 15 churches in Northern Nigeria under the aegis of Tarayar Ekklisiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria (meaning, Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri Christians).