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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,


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

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


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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