Iwari Oba Death – An ominous silence still pervades within the presidency as it has been revealed that Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan lost her mother in a ghastly accident on Monday afternoon in the Eastern part of the country.
Since the news broke out on Monday evening, there has been no confirmation from the Presidency as whole nation has waited for a confirmation or refutal.
News reports from Port Harcourt said Mrs. Iwari-Oba, died along Elele Road in River state of Nigeria. The news has built up anxieties across the nation especially within the family circle as many continue to regard the information as rumour.
According to reports, Iwari-Oba, from Okrika Local Government Area, was on her way to Bayelsa State when the accident happened and that her corpse was deposited in the mortuary.
The report mentioned one Mr. Evans Bipi, a relative of Mrs Jonathan, as one of the people who deposited the corpse at the mortuary, with an aide to Bipi confirming that the woman died about 4p.m yesterday.
Bipi’s aide, Mr. Fred Itobo, told The PUNCH that the President’s wife’s mother was involved in the accident while she was on her way to Bayelsa State.
“Yes! She was involved in an accident and she died. Her body has been taken to a mortuary. Bipi was among those who took her body to the mortuary,” Itobo said.
The deceased’s body was therefater moved to the Kpaima Mortuary on Elechi Beach, Mile One in Port Harcourt. The movement of the body was facilitated by Honourable Evans Bipi, the 5-member-elected “Speaker” of the Rivers State House of Assembly who incidentally is a relative and former aide to the First Lady.
However, observing official protocol, the State Director of FRSC, Dr. Kayode Olagunju, declined comment to comment on the matter, saying, “I cannot say anything on this matter now until I get full details.”
Though effort to get reactions from the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Angela Agabe, proved futile, she had already told a journalist on the telephone that she had not been briefed on such crash.
Until the news of the accident, not much has been heard about the first lady’s mother and tyhere has been no availability of her age as the news of her sudden death is unfolding.