Former Nigerian vice-president Alex Ekwueme has passed on at the age of 85 in a London hospital after a brief illness.
His death was announced in a statement by his brother and the traditional ruler of Oko in Anambra State, Igwe Laz Ekwueme.
The statement read: “Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON.
“The sad event occurred at the London Clinic at 10:00 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017.”
He was flown to London last week after slumping in his Enugu residence.
He was the first elected vice-president of Nigeria, serving under then president Shehu Shagari.