NATIONAL TRAGEDY: Nigerian Minister, James Ocholi, Wife, Son Die… In Fatal Sunday Crash!
The Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, James Ocholi (SAN) reportedly died on Sunday, March 6, 2016.
Ocholi was reportedly killed in a motor accident along Km 57, Abuja – Kaduna road while travelling to the FCT with two other passengers, suspected to be his wife and son. They later died at at Doka Hospital (Kaduna) where they were rushed to.
Though the Nigerian media initially claimed the accident which involved his vehicle, a Prado SUV and another Lexus, also an SUV, left his wife and driver in critical state; the Governor of Kaduna State and party colleague, Nasir El-Rufai, later confirmed their demise in a Facebook post:
“It is with great sadness that the Kaduna State Ministry of Health and Human Services further announces the death of Mrs. Ocholi at Doka Hospital, who was in coma since the accident near Rijana, along the Kaduna-Abuja Road. Earlier, the death of Minister Ocholi and his son were announced. May their souls rest in perfect peace, Amen”.
Ocholi who hailed from Dekina Local Government area of Kogi State, became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2007 and was a governorship aspirant in Kogi State on the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC (in 2011). He also ran against the late Prince Abubakar Audu in 2015 gubernatorial primaries (under the All Progressives Congress, APC), and lost. The party, which he also served in 2014 as Deputy National Legal Adviser, has released a statement of condolence Sunday evening.
Ocholi attended Ochaja Secondary School, Ochaja, Kogi; the University of Jos (Plateau State) and the Nigerian Law School. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986. Ocholi was appointed a federal minister in 2015.
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