Chief Sunny Okogwu, a brother-in-law to a former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida, has died in a hospital in Abuja due to an undisclosed illness.
Vanguard reports that Okogwu was the elder brother to Maryam, the late wife of Ibrahim Babangida. He was businessman based in Kaduna with the title of Ojise of Asaba.
The businessman was also a former presidential candidate of the Republican Party of Nigeria in the 2007 presidential election.
The death of the Okogwu was reportedly confirmed by one Michael, who claimed to be one of the sons of the late philanthropist. “The death of Chief Sunny Okogwu is a great loss to the ordinary Nigerians, who benefited from his humanitarian gestures,” a security guard told visitors at the deceased’s ship house residence on Ilorin Road, Marafa Estate on Sunday, September 30.
“I have been with him since 1982 and he treated me like a son even though I am a Muslim. Despite my religion, he never discriminated against me.
“We members of the Sabon-Gaya community in Chikun Local Government Area will miss him. He brought development to the community. We will never forget him.” In another report, one person has been killed in Akwa Ibom on Sunday, September 30, over the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. The victim identified as Ukeme Efanga, an APC member, was said to have been shot dead in Ifiayong, Uruan local government area, during a disagreement over the distribution of election materials in the area.