The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi’s Chief Security Officer, CSO, Tony Iwelu has reportedly died from an electric shock in a hotel room he was lodged during the birthday celebration of Governor Nasir El-Rufai in Kaduna State.
Last Sunday, DAILY NIGERIAN had reported how the minister’s convoy escaped an ambush by kidnappers.
The minister was in Kaduna for Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s birthday bash.
This newspaper gathered that the kidnappers laid an ambush around Mando area and attempted to waylay hundreds of Abuja-Kaduna train passengers, who arrived at Rigasa train station around 8:15pm.
The ministry’s head of public relations, Eric Ojiekwe, on Tuesday, confirmed the death in a statement sent to DAILY NIGERIAN.
“The Chief Security Officer to the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Mr. Tony Iwelu died on Monday, February 17, 2020 of electric shock from a shower rose in Stone Edge Hotel, Kaduna where they were lodged after an official assignment,” the statement read.
“Until his death, Iwelu was in charge of all issues relating to the Minister’s security; a job he did with utmost professionalism.
“There is no gainsaying that the professionalism he brought to bear in the discharge of his job, sustained him for over two decades in the service of the Minister.
“There is no doubt that the Late Iwelu who hailed from Delta State will be greatly missed as friends and colleagues have been expressing shock and utter disbelief since the incident took place.
“They describe him as a vibrant, honest, kindhearted, loyal and easygoing young man who was conscientious in the discharge of his duties,” the statement noted.