NAN technical director killed by hit-and-run driver


A hit-and-run driver has killed the Head of Technical Services of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Christian Okoro.

The agency announced his death on Tuesday.

Mr Okoro, 50, was killed on Sunday at Mararaba along the Keffi-Abuja Road while trying to cross the road to pick his car.

A football enthusiast told the agency that the driver knocked Okoro down and zoomed off afterward.

The corpse has been deposited at the National Hospital, Abuja mortuary, while a condolence register has been opened at the NAN headquarters in Abuja.

A senior police officer said the incident is being investigated.

Okoro was born on June 20, 1969, in Enugu-Ezike, Igbo Eze North Local Government in Enugu State.

He attended Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, where he bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical/Electronics.

He joined the services of NAN on January 8, 2004, and steadily rose to become an Assistant Director, Technical Services.

He is survived by his widow, Cordelia, and four children.

Acting Managing Director of NAN, Ibrahim Mammaga, who led the management and staff of NAN to pay a condolence visit to his family, described Okoro’s death as ‘a huge loss’ to the NAN family.

“The death of Okoro has robbed NAN of a dedicated staff. Okoro was a huge asset to the agency. He has left a vacuum that will be difficult to fill,” he said.