Sadly on Sunday, Nigeria lost its Minister of State for Labor and Employment, James Ocholi, in a ghastly motor crash which also claimed the lives of his wife and son. The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said that the remains of the late Minister has now been deposited at the morgue of the National Hospital, Abuja.
Mr. Bisi Kazeem, the Spokesperson of FRSC, explained that the deceased lost their lives in a crash that occurred at Kilometer 57, along Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday. The car reportedly had a burst Tyre on the run and somersaulted several times before making a stop.
The minister and two other occupants died eventually, while four people were injured.
Although Mr. Kazeem did not give details of the other victims of the crash, Nasir El-Rufai, the Kaduna State Governor, confirmed that the other two deceased are the minister’s wife and son. He made this statement via his Facebook post.
It is with great sadness that the Kaduna State Ministry of Health and Human Services further announces the death of Mrs. Ocholi at Doka Hospital, who was in coma since the accident near Rijana, along the Kaduna-Abuja Road. Earlier, the death of Minister Ocholi and his son were announced. May their souls rest in perfect peace, Amen.
The Minister of state for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, also shared his thoughts on the incident on Sunday afternoon, tweeting that he and the late minister met on Friday.
It is 2 heavy 4 me 2 bear z loss of my dear Friend, Minister of state, Hon James Ocholi, SAN. We departed on Friday to meet no more!? — Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) March 6, 2016.
On various social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, several condolence messages have been trending, as friends, colleagues and well wishers of the deceased grief over their loss. Among these people are, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth frontier, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, and also the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, among others.
The deceased was born on November 26, 1960. He 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. He became the Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2007. He was also the Chairman, Disciplinary Committee of the Abuja chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association.
In 2011, he was a 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 Progressives Congress, APC. In 2015, he sought the APC gubernatorial ticket at the party’s primary election, but lost to the late Abubakar Audu. Mr. Ocholi was appointed minister of State for Labor and Employment in 2015, unfortunately, he died less than one year into office, at the age of 55.