Dambaba Suntai, who would have marked his birthday on Friday, June 30, died while at home where he was receiving treatment for brain injuries he sustained from a plane crash in 2012.

The crash occurred at the Yola Airport in Adamawa State.

His death was confirmed by former commissioner of information in the state, Emmanuel Bello.

He was born 30 June, 1961 in Suntai Town in Bali Local Government Area.

He attended Federal Government College, Kano (1975–1980) and the School of Basic Studies at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1980–1981).

He was admitted to Ahmadu Bello University where he read Pharmacy and graduated in 1984.

The late former governor did his internship at Yola Specialist Hospital and his National Youth Service at the State Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta, Ogun State (1985–1986) and later worked at the General Hospital, Ganye in old Gongola State until 1991.

Suntai was elected as Executive Governor of Taraba State, under the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in April 2007 and was sworn in on 29 May 2007.

He also ran successfully for reelection on 26 April 2011, but was involved in a plane crash a year later.