Sen Fidelis Okoro dies in Abuja

Former Senator representing Enugu North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, NASS, Chief Fidelis Okoro is dead. 

Born in Nru Nsukka, Okoro who was varioudly known and called Uruguru, Agbadamal, Ekwunato among others, died at about 11 am today (Sunday, May 17, 2020) at Abuja and his corpse has been deposited at a Wuse hospital morgue.

The circumstances of his death was not known but top leaders of Nsukka, where he once held sway were expected to gather in his Abuja home this evening to discuss the burial arrangements.

Okoro started his political carrier in the 70s when he worked for the defunct Nigerian People's Party, NPP, led by the late first President of Nigeria and Owelle of Onitsha, Nnamdi Azikiwe. 

He served as commissioner under the Senator Jim Nwobodo's administration in old Anambra State, after leaving the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS. 

In 1999  he contested election under the defunct Alliance for Democracy, AD, but later dumped the party for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

After taking his seat in the Senate in June 1999, Okoro was appointed to committees on Senate Services, Industries (chairman), Military, Police Affairs, Agriculture and Niger Delta.

When he changed allegiance to the PDP, he became an ally of Governor Chimaroke Nnamani, whose administration later demolished his house in Enugu for allegedly supporting Jim Nwobodo politically again later. The administration later reportefly paid him compensation of about  N80 million for his demolished building.

In December 2001, he was named in an assault suit by Chief Mike Ejinima, an aspirant for the governorship of Enugu State then, along with others.

 Okoro, who was in the Senate between 1999 and 2007, was in court with the Nigerian Police over the alleged extra- judicial killing of his son, Chukwuemeka over suspected criminal activities bordering on murder and armed robbery. 

Okoto told the Federal High court presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo in Abuja how one Mohammed Yusuf, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, allegedly murdered his son Chukwuemeka, six years ago in Durumi area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

In the enforcement of fundamental rights suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1165/2019, the plaintiff was asking for award of N3 billion as compensation and damages for the unlawful murder of his son.

The Senator joined in the suit the Police Service Commission, the Inspector General of Police, Nigeria Police Force and ASP Yusuf as 1st to 4th defendants but the case had not been resolved before his death.