The Deputy National Chairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo, and former Ebonyi senator, Offia Nwali, is dead.
Mr. Nwali, who died at the age of 74, was reportedly found dead inside a pond located in his Ameka Community in Ezza South Local Government area of Ebonyi state on Saturday, May 21.
Ebonyi Police Command has confirmed his death,saying his corpse was found in a pond at the back of his building in his hometown of Ameka, Ezza South Local Government Area, at the weekend.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO) George Okafor, who made the confirmation to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki on Tuesday, said it has not been ascertained whether he drowned inside the pond or he was killed but that investigations have commenced to unravel the mystery behind his death.
“We cannot establish whether he drowned inside the pond or whether he was killed but investigations have commenced to unravel the mystery behind his death.We have not made any arrest so far but we assure the citizens of the state that we would ensure that the matter is investigated to its logical conclusion.”
Nwali was the first black man to obtain a PhD in computer and analytical studies from Harvard University, United States of America. The late Inspector General of police, MD Yusuf, facilitated his return to Nigeria in 1972 shortly before he was appointed chairman of school board by the then East Central state.
He is the founding father of what is now known as Ebonyi State as he was the first to submit a written request, demanding for the creation of Ebonyi State on 10th October 1979 to the National Assembly, Tafawa Balewa square Lagos.
He represented Abakaliki Senatorial District at the National Assembly between 1979 and 1983. Nwali was two-time governorship aspirant and was appointed Deputy National Chairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo by the Ralph Obiora-led faction.
The Governor of Ebonyi state, Dave Umahi, who paid a condolence visit to the family yesterday, described the death of the septuagenarian as unfortunate and urged the brief family to bear the irreparable loss.