Although details of his death were still sketchy, the deceased was a senior lecturer in the Department of Management and Accounting at the University of Jos.
The deceased was also said to be a Fellow of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.
A family source who did not want to be quoted confirmed the death of Bako, saying “he died last night in Jos after a protracted illness; he has been sick for more than one year and had been on leave of absence at UNIJOS.”
Bako was said to be a member of Plateau State Economic and Financial Advisory Team before falling ill.
When contacted, Lalong’s Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Mark Longyen, told our correspondent “to await official statement from Government House.”
However, the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (UNIJOS chapter), Dr. Chris Piwuna, confirmed the death saying, “Yes, His Excellency, the governor lost his brother. I just spoke with our (ASUU) representative in his Faculty. May his soul rest in peace.”
Also, the Plateau State chapter of All Progressives Congress Youth Forum in a condolence message by its chairman, Pius Tongmann, said it received the news of Bako’s death with shock and dismay.
He said, “How can our hearts be at rest when a pillar of hope to so many passed on without saying goodbye? The leadership and entire members of APC Youth Forum wish to commiserate and convey its heartfelt condolence to Plateau state governor, Simon Bako Lalong, the entire Bako family, Goemai nation, staff members of UNIJOS, members of ANAN and ICAN, friends and well-wishers of the deceased.
“We pray that God Almighty will comfort you all in His special way. Take heart and find solace in Him alone. May his soul rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ, until we meet to part no more.”