by Theresa Ephraim, Calabar
The former governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade has announced the demise of his younger sister, 54 years old Mrs. Ateb Janet Oniga (Nee Ayade).
A statement signed by the former governor on behalf of the entire family indicated that the deceased died on Friday, November 24, 2023 due to ill health.
He noted, “the Ayade family of Kakum in Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State announces with a deep sense of sorrow, the passing unto glory of Mrs Ateb Janet Oniga (Nee Ayade).
“Aged 54, she died on Friday 24th of November, 2023 after a brief illness. Until her transition, Janet was a God-fearing woman, a devout Christian, a loving mother to her children, and a caring sister to her siblings,” he stated.
He further indicated, “she was exceptionally kind, vivacious, and engaging. The family and all those who knew her will sorely miss her. While the family accepts this irreparable loss as the will of God, we are soliciting for prayers to grapple with void created by her sudden demise.”
He added, “burial arrangements will be communicated in due course.”