Nigeria’s Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, James Ocholi, is dead. He died in a car crash on Sunday afternoon along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.
Mr. Ocholi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria from Kogi state, and his son died on the spot of the accident. According to reports, the minister’s car had a burst tyre and somersaulted. His wife and driver are reportedly in critical condition at Doka clinic several kilometres from Kaduna.
Ocholi was a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and was at one time the chairman of the 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 Congress.
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.