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Frank Kokori, June 12 protest mobiliser and ex-labour leader, is dead

Frank Kokori, June 12 protest mobiliser and ex-labour leader, is dead
December 07
09:59 2023

Frank Kokori, the former general secretary of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), is dead.

He was aged 80.

Kokori died at a hospital in Warri, Delta state, on Thursday, coincidentally his birthday.

Atawada Oke, Kokori’s personal assistant, confirmed the death of the former NUPENG leader.


Over the past few months, the former NUPENG secretary has been battling a kidney-related ailment.

On November 9, Kokori raised an alarm over his health status from his sick bed.

Twenty-four hours later, Sheriff Oborevwori, governor of Delta, visited the elder statesman at the hospital and promised that the state will provide support for him to get “high-quality medical treatment”.


Kokori played a significant role in the struggle against the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

He mobilised workers against the annulment of the election and the military junta — a development that led to petrol scarcity as NUPENG workers stopped nationwide distribution of petrol.

Due to his activism, he was arrested and detained by the military government.


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