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Labour minister Ocholi, wife, son die in road accident caused by burst tyres

Labour minister Ocholi, wife, son die in road accident caused by burst tyres
March 06
17:05 2016
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James Ocholi, minister of state for labour and employment, has died in a road accident which occurred near Rijana along the Kaduna-Abuja road after the rear tyres of his car burst.

He and his son died instantly in the crash, while his wife went into coma and later died at Doka hospital, Kaduna.

The tragic incident, which happened on Sunday afternoon in Kaduna state, was initially confirmed by Hadi Sirika, the minister of state for aviation, via Twitter.

Also, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed the incident, saying Ocholi’s remains had been deposited at the morgue of the National Hospital, Abuja.

Bisi Kazeem, spokesperson of the agency, confirmed to NAN that the corpse was taken to the hospital along with two others.

Kazeem explained that the deceased lost their lives in a crash that occurred at Kilometre 57, along Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday.

“The minister and two other occupants died eventually, while four people were injured,” he said, although he declined to give details of the other victims.

Francis Udoma, Kaduna state sector commander of FRSC, gave a clearer picture of the tragedy and its cause.

“The rear tyre burst and the vehicle summersaulted several times into the bush,” Udoma said. “The minister and his son died on the spot; the wife died in the government hospital in Doka, Kaduna.”

He added that the late minister’s driver, chief detail, orderly and personal assistant also sustained injuries.

He said he did not know where the minister was coming from, as all he knew was that “the minister was heading towards Abuja when the accident happened”.

Ocholi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), hailed from Kogi state. He was an active politician.

In 2011, he contested the governorship election on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

His bid to repeat the same feat under the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015, suffered a setback as the late Abubakar Audu clinched the ticket of the ruling party.

He graduated from the University of Jos and was admitted to the bar in 1986.

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8 Comments

  1. olusola Peter
    olusola Peter March 06, 17:46

    May their souls rest in perfect peace……. This is a sad news to our dear country

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  2. tawakalt olabisi
    tawakalt olabisi March 06, 17:47

    What a tragedy!! May God give his wife, children, family, federal government, and friends, the fortitude to bear the loss.

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  3. olusola Peter
    olusola Peter March 06, 17:48

    May their souls rest in perfect peace……. A sad news to our dear country

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  4. oladele
    oladele March 06, 18:57

    Your comment..What a great lost

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  5. Blessing nk
    Blessing nk March 07, 09:28

    Your comment.. May their soul rest in peace. Amen

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  6. Iykeman
    Iykeman March 07, 12:56

    May their souls rest in peace.

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  7. segunsmart1
    segunsmart1 March 08, 16:01

    Your comment..rest in peace minister ocholi

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  8. akparawa
    akparawa March 10, 21:43

    May God take absolute control of their soul,

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