Nigeria’s Minister of State for Labour, James Ocholi, dies in road crash

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, James
Ocholi, is dead.
Born November 26, 1960, he was 55.
He died in a road accident along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on
Sunday afternoon, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.
Mr. Ocholi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria from Kogi state, and his
son died on the spot of the accident.
Those familiar with the incident said his driver and wife were in
critical condition at Doka clinic several kilometres from Kaduna.
A witness, whose car was behind the minister’s when the
accident occurred, told PREMIUM TIMES the minister’s car had a
burst tyre before somersaulting several times.
Contacted, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai
Mohammed, said he was away in Lagos and was trying to
confirm the incident.
But a spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, said the
presidency had been briefed of the tragedy.
“We are trying to issue a statement on the matter,” the Senior
Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba
Shehu, said.
Mr. Ocholi became Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2007, and
Chairman, Disciplinary Committee of the Abuja chapter of the
Nigeria Bar Association.
In 2011, he was governorship aspirant in Kogi State on the
platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change.
Between 2013 and 2014, he was deputy national legal adviser of
the All Progressive Congress.
Last year, he sought the APC gubernatorial ticket at the party’s
primary election, losing to the late Abubakar Audu. He was
appointed minister in 2015.
Mr. Ocholi attended Ochaja Secondary School, and the University
of Jos.
He graduated from the Nigerian Law School in 1986 and was
admitted to the Nigerian Bar the same year.


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