Family Suspects Foul Play, Wants Ochioli, Wife & Son’s Death Investigated

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The Federal Government has promised to investigate how the
driver of the Sport Utility Vehicle, in which the Minister of State for Labour,
Mr. James Ocholi (SAN); his wife, Blessing; and son, Joshua, died along the
Kaduna-Abuja Expressway on Sunday, was employed.
The Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, stated this on Monday
while responding to the call by the relatives of the deceased, including
Ocholi’s uncle, Abdallah Aliu; another relative, Paul Audu; and the immediate
younger sister to the late Blessing, who did not want her name mentioned, that
the driver be investigated.

“The acting Permanent Secretary is here, she is the one in
charge of human resources. We will find out and investigate it. We will do, but
I can tell you that our personal drivers are known to us and we both keep our
personal drivers. We will find out and investigate this,” Ngige said.
The Ocholi family is working on some theories concerning the
accident.
The family members believed that the driver of a car that
somersaulted several times would ordinarily be unconscious and would not take
photographs of the deceased and upload them on social media.
They also contended that the driver and the orderly should
have cordoned off the place and evacuated the corpses as this had been the
tradition whenever a VIP was involved in an accident.
Aliu said, “Distinguished Senator Ngige, I know you very
well. When James Ocholi was told to work with you, I knew he was in good hands
because the last time I saw you was in Anambra State. We ate with you in your
house as a governor.
“This man that just died is not a lone person. We leave this
responsibility in your care. Whoever recruited the driver and posted (redeploy)
him should be investigated. It can happen to anybody, it can happen to any
minister. It can happen because it has happened.
“So, we want to know who recruited the driver, and at what
speed (he was during the trip) to the extent that the corpse of the deceased
cannot even be recognised. Can you imagine that? I am worried, it is
worrisome.”

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