FROM EMMANUEL ADEYEMi, Lokoja
The driver of the Sport Utility Vehicle which conveyed the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Mr James Ocholi, SAN who died along with his family members on Sunday in a ghastly accident in Doma Village, Along Kaduna- Abuja high way has dead, bringing the number of deaths to five.
The driver whose name was unknown as at the time of filing in this report was said to have sustained serious injuries during the auto crash and was rushed to National Hospital, Abuja for treatment where he eventually died in the early hours of today
Meanwhile, Daily Sun gathered that Joshua Ocholi the son of Minister of Labour and Productivity who died with his parent and two others in the auto crash was a corps member serving in Abuja as at the time of the accident.
Daily Sun findings revealed that Joshua, 21, studied International Law and Diplomacy at Salem University, Lokoja where he graduated from in 2015. He died instantly at the scene of accident with his father, Mr James Ocholi and the Police Orderly to his father along with a female occupant.
As for the wife of the late Minister , Mrs Blessing Fatima Ocholi, she was the Registrar of the University uptil December last year before she resigned to join her husband in Abuja after his appointment.
Mrs Ocholi was said to be a muslim before she coverted to christianity which made her to change her name from Fatima to Blessing.
Meanwhile, it was learnt that the driver of the vehicle which sustained serious injury during the auto crash later died early Monday morning at the National Hospital, Abuja bringing the number of deaths to five.
Narrating how the accident happened, a source in the Minister’s convoy who did not want his name in print, said their vehicle only stopped to refuel when of a sudden they saw the rear tyre of the Sport Utility Vehicle in which the Minister and his family were travelling burst and it sumasaulted five times killing instantly the Minister, the son who sat by his side and the Police Orderly.
The source who claimed the car was not on high speed expressed surprise how the accident could instantly claimed the life of the minister, his son and two others.
Meanwhile, the Paramount ruler of Igala land, Dr Michael Idakwo Oboni has declared friday as a national day of fasting for the Igala people.
A source close to the palace said, the paramount ruler was highly disturbed on the sudden deaths of prominent Igala sons citing the death of Prince Abubakar Audu, the All Progressive Congress governorship candidate who died less that three months ago.
The late James Ocholi was born in Ogbadege in Dekina Local Government area of Kogi State on Nov 26th, 1960 and was called to bar in 1986 after graduating from Univeristy of Jos and became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in December, 2007.