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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.

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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”.

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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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