***His condition was beyond us—ASSEMBLY CLINIC STAFF
By Emman Ovuakporie & Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA—A Senior Legislative Aide with the National Assembly, Abubakar Sani Doki, yesterday, slumped and died in the National Assembly premises when he was being taken out for medical attention, having been turned back by the Assembly Clinic, where it was said Doki’s case was beyond available facilities.
The deceased, who was said to be 48 years old, was until his death a Senior Legislative Aide attached to the office of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Sulaiman Lasun.
Doki was said to have taken ill at the early hours of yesterday and was brought to the National Assembly clinic.
On arriving at the clinic, he was told his condition was beyond what the clinic facilities could handle was advised to seek treatment elsewhere.
Doki, who was brought to the clinic by his son, whose name could not be ascertained at press time, allegedly collapsed on his way out of the National Assembly complex, prompting security operatives, including National Assembly Sergeant-at-Arms and bystanders, to rush to the scene.
All attempts to resuscitate him failed.
A senior medical staff with the Assembly clinic, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Vanguard: “The deceased came to the clinic for treatment, but was referred since his condition was already critical.”
Asked the nature of Doki’s ailment, the source said it could not be ascertained since there was no diagnosis done on him to verify the nature of his condition, adding “even our sick staff, who cannot access treatment at the clinic due to the complexity of their cases, usually come for referral notes to government hospitals outside.”
Late Abubakar Doki, a native of Bungudu in Zamfara State, was according, to National Assembly records, employed in the office of the Deputy Speaker as a Senior Legislative Aide.