Former Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Pastor Power Aginighan, is dead.
Aginighan, a chieftain of the Delta state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the leader of the Ijaw elements within the party, reportedly lost his life in a ghastly road accident around the Mbiama end of the East-West Expressway on Friday.
Also killed in the accident were his son, identified as Tammy, and his police escort, whose name could not be confirmed at the time of filing this report.
Although the details of the time and the spot of the road where the accident occurred could not be ascertained at press time The Nation gathered that vehicle conveying the deceased was crushed by a trailer, leading to an inferno, which burned the victims beyond recognition.
Confirming the sad news, the state Treasurer of the APC, Hon Ebiakpo Ezebiri, said the incident happened on Friday, adding that leaders of the party had been trying to reach the deceased all through the day, but he was unreachable.
“We were together on Thursday when we hosted Professor Utomi. People were trying to reach him yesterday to get his attention on some matters, but he was unreachable, nobody knew he was dead. The accident happened during the day, but since they had been burnt beyond recognition, nobody could have known who was involved.
“He was in the vehicle with his son and his police escort when the accident happened just after the Mbiama bridge. Some of our people have already gone to the scene of the accident to retrieve the bodies. We are in mourning, this is very painful,” Ezebiri said.
It would be recalled that the Ijaw elements of the APC, just over a week ago, conferred the leadership of their stock in the party on Aginighan.
Efforts to get the police to confirm the incident was unsuccessful as the state command’s spokesman, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, was unable to confirm.
He, however said he would link up with the Bayelsa state command to get feelers.