Ocholi was said to have died in a motor accident while travelling along Abuja – Kaduna road along with two other passengers. Family source said the accident which involve his vehicle; a Prado jeep and another Lexus jeep also left his wife in serious coma. Ocholi is from Dekina local Government area of Kogi state.
Mr. Ocholi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria from Kogi state, and his son died on the spot of the accident.
Those familiar with the incident said his driver and wife were in critical condition at Doka clinic several kilometres from Kaduna.
An eye witness, whose car was behind the minister’s when the accident occurred, said “the minister’s car had a burst tyre before somersaulting several times.”
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, could not confirm the incidient at the moment according to him ,he was away in Lagos and was trying to confirm the incident.
But a spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, said the presidency had been briefed of the tragedy.
“We are trying to issue a statement on the matter,” the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said.
Mr. Ocholi became Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2007, and Chairman, 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.
[BREAKING NEWS] James Ocholi,Minster for Labour (State) dies in a Car Crash