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Ex-NUPENG Gen Sec, Kokori Dies On 80th Birthday

Ailing elder statesman and former General Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Chief Frank Kokori, is dead.

RovingNaija News gathered that Chief Kokori died at exactly 1:30 am on Thursday, December 7, 2023, coincidentally on his birthday at exactly 80.

His passage was disclosed at about 2:30 am by Chief Kokori’s personal assistant, Atawada Barry Oke.

He said the former labour leader’s health relapsed on Monday as he was unable to interact with people around him while he was placed on life support.

Kokori’s death came barely one month after he cried out from his hospital bed on Thursday, November 9, 2023, that he had been neglected and abandoned to die in spite of his huge contribution to the democratic growth of the country.

The Octogenarian has been on sick bed at Mount Horeb Clinic, Warri, Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, over kidney-related ailment since early November.

Kokori had, on Thursday, November 9, 2023, made a distress call at about 12:40 am to complain that life was ebbing out of him where he was receiving treatment for his kidney-related ailment.

Kokori, who’s a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State, described himself in a voice laden with excruciating pains that he was “dead and risen.”

He lamented how NUPENG and the nation abandoned him to fate in the hospital where air conditioner was switched off by the hospital management possibly owing to a shortage of diesel.

The Ovu-born fiery labour leader complained over the idea of being abandoned in the hospital in Warri by those who should cater for his wellbeing.

He, thereafter, said he would not mind if he were taken abroad for a top-notch medical treatment by the Federal Government of President Bola Tinubu with whom they fought the military junta of late General Sani Abacha in the early 90s over the annulment of the historical June 12 1993 presidential elections.

Chief Kokori’s November outcry attracted dignitaries such as Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State to his sick bed on Friday, November 11.

The latter picked up the bills including those of two other patients.

Officials of NUPENG and a delegation from former Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege and several others also visited the ailing octogenarian.

Chief Kokori revealed that after granting an interview to select journalists on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at about 10:30am, that he was recuperating with the hope of returning home soonest.

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