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Ex-Minister Sonny Chu Okongwu’s death throws Nnewi into mourning

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Ex-Minister Sonny Chu Okongwu's death throws Nnewi into mourning

Umudim community in Nnewi North local government area of Anambra State has been thrown into mourning following the death of Former Minister of Finance, Sonny Chu Okongwu.

The ex-minister died on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at the age of 87 years.

The news of the death which is yet to be officially announced by the family, came to people of the area as a rude shock.

When our correspondent visited the community, the deceased house was under lock as nobody was seen in the entire compound.

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Residents of the area were seen discussing in groups about the development, while some feigned ignorance of the death.

A family member who preferred anonymity, refused to talk to the press, referring our correspondent to any of the deceased’s children.

“I’m not the right person to talk to you. You can contact any of his children who is in a better position to speak to you. You can also contact the government who must have been briefed,” she said.

Meanwhile, some elderstatesmen in the state have reacted to the death of the former minister.

Former Chairman, Police Service Commission, Chief Simon Okeke described the deceased as humble, highly detrabilized, true Nigerian and technocrat of the highest order.

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He said, “Nigeria in general and Ndigbo in particular have lost one of the intellectuals we have. A very brilliant man, both academically and professionally.

“As an economic wizard, Okongwu did well as both Minister of Petroleum and Finance. He was also highly detrabilized man, true Nigerian and technocrat of the highest order. May his soul rest in peace.”

Former Minister of Aviation in the first republic, Chief Mbazulike Amechi described the death as unfortunate.

“Actually, I don’t know much about him. I know he ruled during the Gowon era. I heard he was a good man. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.

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Profile: From Ozuitem, Bende Local government Area of Anambra State. Political science (B. Sc) from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka & Business Administration (Diploma) from the University of Calabar. Email him at elekwachinedum@yahoo.com

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