Garuba, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who was speaker between 2007 and 2009, died at age of 54, in Abuja in the early hours of Saturday, July 18, after a brief undisclosed illness.
A family source, who did not want his name mentioned, said the two-time member of Edo Assembly died of an undisclosed ailment at an Abuja hospital on Saturday morning.
Born on 23 August 1965, in Akpekpe community, Auchi, in Etsako West Local Government Area of the state, Garuba studied Law at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State and was called to Bar in 1990.
He was elected into the Edo State House of Assembly in 2003, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party.
While in the House, he served as chairman of the House committee on judiciary, human rights, and legal matters.
He became Speaker in 2007.
After his exit from legislative duty, Zakawanu Garuba was appointed into the Board of the Securities and Exchange Commission to serve as the Executive Commissioner, Finance and Administration (now known as the corporate services directorate of the commission).
He holds the traditional titles of Oshiote of Auchi Kingdom and Okumagbe of Uzairue