Influential media leader and News Papers patron Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua is dead, he was aged 78.
Mallam Funtua reportedly suffered a massive heart attack during a medical check-up in Abuja.
A Special Assistant to the President, Bashir Ahmad, confirmed his death.
He tweeted: ”Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un! Just heard about Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua’s sudden death. This life! May Allah accept his soul, forgive his shortcomings and grant him Jannah al-Firdaus.”
The deceased is said to be a close ally of President Muhammadu Buhari.