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RIP – Minister of State for Labour James Ocholi, Wife & Son Lose Lives in Car Crash



James Eneojo OcholiJames Eneojo Ocholi, Minister of State for Labour lost his life in a collision on the way to Abuja from Kaduna today at Kilometre 57 of the highway.

His second son, who was on the trip, also died immediately. Ocholi’s corpse has already been placed in the morgue of the National Hospital, Abuja.

NAN reports that of the seven people involved in the accident, the minister, his wife and his second son died while four others were injured.

Bisi Kazeem, the spokesperson of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the corpse of the minister was taken to the hospital along with two other casualties.

Kazeem explained that the deceased lost their lives in a crash that occurred at Kilometre 57, along Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday.

“The minister and two other occupants died eventually, while four people were injured,” he said.

His wife, Blessing Fatima Ocholi has lost her life in the hospital, from injuries sustained in the car crash. She initially survived, although she was in a coma.James Ocholi Accident James Ocholi Accident 2

In his lifetime, the minister, from Kogi state, was a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and the couple was blessed with five children – two sons and three daughters, Ojone Peace, Aaron Enojo Jr., Joshua Eb’ojo, Uyo Blessing Jr. and Ele Excellent.

President Muhammadu Buhari has also expressed shock and sadness over the death of Minister of State for Labour, James Ocholi, who, together with his wife and son, died in a car crash on Kaduna/Abuja expressway on Sunday.

This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President.

Buhari described Ocholi’s death as untimely, saying “Nigeria has lost a key component of the CHANGE agenda.”

The president maintained that late Ocholi was an accomplished and patriotic Nigerian, who was keen to accept the call to service at a time his country needed him. According to the president, in the few months he had been in office, he had started to distinguish himself through his commitment and dedication to his portfolio.

Buhari also consoled with the government and people of Kogi, for having lost a distinguished son.

He prayed that God would comfort and grant them the grace to bear the loss.

“The entire country mourns the loss of this great man, who has sadly left us when we need him most”, he said.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, also made a statement via Facebook –

“It is with great sadness that the Kaduna State Ministry of Health and Human Services further announces the death of Mrs. Ocholi at Doka Hospital, who was in coma since the accident near Rijana, along the Kaduna-Abuja Road.

Earlier, the death of Minister Ocholi and his son were announced. May their souls rest in perfect peace, Amen.”

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, told newsmen at the National Hospital in Abuja that he was at the hospital to convey the President’s condolences to the family, Kogi State and Nigerians.

“It is a great loss indeed,” he said.

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, described Ocholi as “a man loved by many people in the state”.

He contributed his quota to (development) of society. We received the news which was shocking to everyone in the state.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, and former Minister of State for Internal Affairs, Humphrey Aba, Sen. Dino Melaye (Kogi West), were at the hospital to sympathise with the family.

NAN reports that family members and a horde of sympathisers were at the venue.

Just as journalists were making their reports, the wife’s corpse was brought in and deposited at the mortuary.

Accident Photo Source: FRSC Nigeria Facebook


  1. nene

    March 6, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    so sad. what cause the accident? bad road? overspending? another truck?

    • nene

      March 6, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      *over speeding

    • Bimpe

      March 7, 2016 at 2:19 am

      It’s probably bad road. May their soul rest in peace, seriously sad. But my issue is if ministers encouraged better road system or rather medical facilities… Their lives might have been saved. If services were better, in less than 10 minutes ambulance will be present. The bush the car ran into would have been a secure location and less damage would have occurred … Many more basic amenities like that. But these people just constantly eat and what God is determined to do is use all the trouble they have caused against them. This man is probably not a bad man, but I haven’t heard about any positive influence of his. I just hope all the necessary people in government begin to sit up now, and know that their bad governing is also killing their own. May their soul rest in peace especially the young man… Incredibly sad! May God give the family the will to go on.

    • Uby

      March 7, 2016 at 4:27 am

      Trust me, I get what you mean, but this post is not the exact place for this epistle.

    • kim

      March 7, 2016 at 6:25 am

      I live in kaduna and the road is very good. Most roads in the north are very good. They were speeding.

    • phoebe

      March 7, 2016 at 6:46 am

      Do u have soul at all, yes there are facts in what u said but this is not d best time to start laying blames.Three members of a family just perished 4 crying out loud. U do not speak bad of d dead. How do want d their family 2 feel if they stumble on ur write up. Well they are in a better place than us where there is no pain, critisicm, hatred, bitterness, wickedness n sorrow etc. May d Almighty Father give their family d fortitude 2 bear their loss in Jesus name n may their souls rest in perfect peace.

    • nene+

      March 7, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Another heart break!!! I am tired of these blood shed.
      God please help Nigeria.
      Father ,Mother and son??? Was it speed???
      No war in Nigeria yet Nigeria looses so many human as with war? butchering,slaughtering from herdsmen, communal clashes,people dying of hopelessness and inability to afford a living, accident cos people are running from enemies???
      Cars on high speed to avoid waylaying and ambushes of Boko Haram,thieves and kidnappers. What a country.

      I am sick and tired of these bad news.

      Drive carefully people!!! I am guilty i havent been praying well i need to pray hard for this country.

      Emergency should be declared on our education, our leaders must be fair and true.

      I am tired of the news from Nigeria. God please help Nigeria. Amen

    • Soraya

      March 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      Bimpe, I don’t think he would have survived even with better facilities as the car somersaulted several times- he was even apparently thrown off the vehicle- I don’t think they were wearing seat belts

  2. Corolla

    March 6, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Jesus!!! This is so so sad!

    • kadara

      March 7, 2016 at 12:51 am

      So sad! May their Souls Rest in Peace in Jesus Name

  3. Author Unknown

    March 6, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    This is heartbreaking. It’s difficult enough for a family to lose one member. May their souls rest in peace, and the members left behind God’s protection and strength to bear the loss.

  4. Sultana

    March 6, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Sad sad. One of the few great minds in the FEC. Just like that. May God teach us to number our days. @nene rear tyre burst and car somersaulted. According to frsc on Twitter

  5. somebody

    March 6, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Untimely death! Kai. Even worse than terminal illness cos the shock is just unbearable. My husband knew him and we were all happy at his performance during his screening. These things make me remember that this life: it’s all nothing. I hope He is in a better place. If I feel like this I wonder how his children feel. Jesu saanu wa.

  6. Ni Ne

    March 6, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    I suspect overspeeding which is how most government officials travel. FRSC, over to you to do your investigation and then tell us the WHOLE TRUTH o… eeehn

  7. ElessarisElendil

    March 7, 2016 at 12:50 am


  8. nnenne

    March 7, 2016 at 1:53 am

    So, so, sad.
    May God console their family.

  9. Tosin

    March 7, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Just like that.
    My heart goes out to the family, the kids.

  10. amy

    March 7, 2016 at 6:36 am

    God please comfort and help those kids they left behind. 3 family members at once! May the holy spirit guide them through this.

  11. Kagiso

    March 7, 2016 at 7:18 am

    This is really sad! May their souls rest in perfect peace and I pray God comforts their family during this difficult time

  12. Bennie

    March 7, 2016 at 7:30 am

    May their souls rest in perfect peace and may God comfort the family, amen.

  13. sass

    March 7, 2016 at 7:44 am

    The bible says we should not be ignorant of the devices of the enemy.
    7 in the car but only the Ochol family members died! Pls this isn’t the time to leave your home without prayers!
    Mr Ocholi was such a brilliant man, God rest their souls.

  14. Jayden phoenix

    March 7, 2016 at 8:23 am

    So sad….can only imagine how the other children and family members are feeling. May God comfort them….RIP to the dead.

  15. Istifanus

    March 7, 2016 at 8:28 am

    may their souls rest in perfect peace. death happens but once, and it’s impact, for ever. God grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

  16. Toke

    March 7, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Hmmmmmm #itiswell

  17. tito

    March 7, 2016 at 11:00 am

    OMG! he was such a brillant man , i also watched him during the screening and he was good.
    may his soul rest in Peace……
    so sad!

  18. prince

    March 7, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    This is so sad. May God rest their souls. its heart breaking, father, mother and son. what a waste

  19. SAD

    March 7, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    RIP! this is so sad.

  20. Success Aisagbonbu

    March 7, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    It. Pains my heart. I respected him a lot. Due to his intellectuality . May they rest in peace.

  21. Larry Ogunniyi

    March 7, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    RIP Dearie’s, may ur gentle soul rest in perfect peace oooo…

  22. Tunmi

    March 8, 2016 at 1:53 am

    I can’t help but agree with Bimpe. My condolences to the family. I wonder if they had life insurance. Poor family

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