Ocholi’s death, a monumental loss — Saraki

bukola-sarakiSenate President Bukola Saraki on Monday expressed shock over the death of the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr James Ocholi.

In a statement signed by Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, Saraki also condemned the killing of an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Mr. Franklin Obi, his wife and 18-year-old son in Rivers State.

Saraki described the death of the Minister, his wife and son in an accident along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday,as a tragic loss.

The statement said that the demise of a “promising Nigerian” like Ocholi, was a colossal loss to the present administration in particular, and the country at large.

He condoned with President Muhammadu Buhari, members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the governor and people of Kogi State, and the immediate family of the deceased.

“I still recall when the late Ocholi appeared before the Senate to be screened as Minister, he was not only full of life, he came across to me as a man of great ideas.

“He was very articulate in his presentation and gave good account of himself as a Senior Advocate of repute, who given the chance, would have contributed immensely to this administration.

“His death and that of his wife and eldest son, is a colossal loss to me, his immediate family, the people and government of Kogi State, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the entire country.”

He prayed God to grant the souls of the deceased eternal rest.

Meanwhile, the Senate President has also charged security agencies to unravel the masterminds of the dastardly killing of the Rivers APC Chieftaini and members of his immediate family.

Saraki described the avoidable bloodletting as callous and urged security agencies to ensure adequate protection of lives and property across the country, to prevent a repeat occurrence.



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