Nigeria Loses Minister, Son In Ghastly Motor Accident

Minister of State, Labour, James Ocholi
Minister of State, Labour, James Ocholi

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Labour, James Ocholi, and his son were on Sunday killed in a fatal accident along the Kaduna – Abuja Road.

The accident occurred around Rijana, about 50 kilometres to the nation’s capital.

According to the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, the remains of the minister and his son have been deposited at the National Hospital, Abuja.

“The minister and two other occupants died eventually, while four people were injured,” Bisi Kazeem, spokesperson for the FRSC said in a statement in Sunday

There are conflicting reports about the identity of the third deceased person but the minister’s wife and driver are believed to have sustained serious injury and have also been taken to the National Hospital.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, which also confirmed the tragedy, said that it received news of the death of Ocholi and his son with great shock and sadness.

The party’s National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, who described the deaths as a monumental loss prayed for the “recovery of other occupants of the ghastly vehicle accident including the late minister’s wife and driver who reportedly sustained serious injuries.” Buni said that the late minister will be remembered for his selfless service to his profession, state, the party and the nation.

Ocholi, a lawyer was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986 after graduating from the Nigerian Law School in the same year and was made Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, in 2007.



    He served as chairman, Disciplinary Committee of the Abuja chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA.

    In 2011, he contested the Kogi State governorship election on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, a party founded by President Muhammadu Buhari after he left the All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP.

    Following the merger of opposition political parties that led to the formation of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Ocholi served as the deputy national legal adviser of the party between 2013 and 2014.

    He lost his bid to secure the party’s nomination as governorship candidate in last year’s governorship candidate in Kogi State to late Audu Abubakar before he was nominated and sworn in as minister in the same year.



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