The Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives have suspended sitting over the death of a a lawmaker, Funke Adedoyin.
Funke Adedoyin, a representative from Kwara State, died on Friday afternoon in Abuja at the age of 56. Razak Atunwa also from Kwara State said Ms Adedoyin died of cancer.
The two chambers chamber adjourned shortly after they resumed from annual recess which lasted for ten weeks.
The National Assembly embarked on its annual recess on July 24 amidst controversies of defection and preparation for party primaries. It was scheduled to resume on September 25 but was postponed to October 9.
The upper house went into an executive session shortly after the opening prayer led by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
After the closed-door session, Mr Saraki read out some letters from President Muhammadu Buhari.
Coming under Order 43 of the Senate’s standing order, Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, thereafter, asked the Senate to observe a minute silence in honour of the deceased.
He also asked the Senate to suspend plenary for the day in line with the ‘tradition of the National Assembly.’
The lawmakers adopted the two motions after a voice vote.