The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has expressed "deep sadness" over the death of his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Emmanuel Samuel Nanle.

Lalong in a condolence message by the State Information and Communication Commissioner, Yakubu Dati described Nanle's death as shocking.

The statement described the deceased as a committed patriot who pursued his beliefs with "uncommon zeal".

Lalong in the statement said the late DOPA was not only a close ally but a pillar of his administration who worked 'consciously' for the success of his "Rescue" government. 

He recalled that the late Emmanuel Nanle braved all odds in 2014 and tirelessly worked for the success of the APC in Plateau state in the 2015 general elections.

Lalong regretted that he and his government will miss the deceased, "especially, at this time when his services are most needed."

Meanwhile a condolence register has been opened at the Government house, Rayfield and at the Ministry of information and Communications  headquarters,  JD Gomwalk secretariat, Jos. 

A statement by the State Information Commissioner, Yakubu Dati also said efforts are being made to bring back the remains of the deceased DOPA for a befitting burial.

Mr. Nanle, according to the Commissioner passed away, Monday evening in an Indian hospital where he was receiving treatment.