BREAKING: Minister of State for Labour, James Ocholi dies in road crash with wife and son [Full Details]
Nigeria’s Minister of State for Labour and
Productivity, James Ocholi, is dead.
The late minister’s age is unknown at this
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
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
“We are trying to issue a statement on the
matter,” the Senior Special Assistant to the
President on Media and Publicity, Garba
Mr. Ocholi became Senior Advocate of
Nigeria in 2007, and Chairman, Disciplinary
Committee of the Abuja chapter of the Nigeria
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
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
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