After a brief illness, Mantu passed away on Monday night in an Abuja hospital. He was 74 years old at the time of his death, according to records.
His death was confirmed on Tuesday by a family member in his hometown of Mangu, Plateau State.
Yanip Abraham, a close associate of Mantu’s and a former commissioner for information in Plateau State, expressed sadness over the senator’s death and described him as an open-minded communal and national politician who operated outside religious and ethnic boundaries.
According to Abraham, “Distinguished Senator Mantu carried himself with great dignity throughout his life.”
During his early years in Gindiri, he was open to everyone and played an important role in bringing people together. With the general good in mind, he acted. This politician stood out from the crowd because of his affable personality. “He will undoubtedly be missed.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had appointed Mantu to its Board of Trustees prior to his passing (PDP).
As a politician, Mantu has held a variety of positions, including Director-General of the defunct National Republican Convention during the 1993 Presidential campaign; National Chairman of the defunct Peoples Democratic Alliance; and National Publicity Secretary of the defunct United Nigeria Congress Party.
With support from the Peoples Democratic Party, he was elected as a Senator to the Federal Republic of Nigeria for Plateau Central Constituency in 1999. He later became the Deputy Senate President in the same year.