SaharaReporters has confirmed that Nigeria’s Minister of State for Labor, James Ocholi, is dead.
A source at the Presidency disclosed that the minister, as well as his wife and son died in a ghastly auto accident on his way to Abuja from Kaduna around Rijana on the Kaduna -Abuja highway.
Mr. Ocholi hailed from Kogi. Before his appointment, Ocholi was a prominent lawyer.
Mrs. Ocholi, who was evacuated from the scene of the accident to a local hospital in Doka, Kaduna State, was confirmed dead a few minutes after arriving at the hospital.
A source at the Kaduna State government told our correspondent that the death of Mrs. Ocholi brings the casualty number in the horrific accident to three. Mr. Ocholi, who was traveling on a private visit to Kaduna in company of his wife and first son, died when his driver slammed on the brakes of his Lexus SUV car while at top speed.
A source told SaharaReporters that the driver slammed on the brakes after receiving a radio message from the security car behind the minister’s main vehicle alerting him to a low pressure on one of the back tires. The driver’s panicked reaction precipitated an accident as the security vehicle then rammed into the minister’s vehicle, which somersaulted several times, instantly killing Mr. Ocholi and his first son. Mrs. Ocholi was subsequently pronounced dead after she was taken to a hospital.
A source disclosed that the bodies of Mr. Ocholi and his family were being transported to a morgue in Abuja.