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Ministerial nominee from Kaduna collapses on stage, wheeled out of chambers

Abbas Balarabe, a Kaduna State contender for a ministerial position, passed out on Wednesday while outlining his background in front of the Senate.

He was the second to be checked for confirmation, but he passed out soon after. Lawmakers screened him in turn.

The Sergeant-at-Arms immediately commanded journalists to leave the chambers as he passed unconscious.

He was personally taken to the National Assembly Clinic by Senator Ishaku Abbo of Adamawa North to receive medical assistance.

He was unable to be roused to walk by himself; therefore, a wheelchair was promptly rushed to the chamber.

The candidate took over for Malam Nasir El-Rufai, the former governor of Kaduna State, whose confirmation was denied because of security reasons.

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