Professor Emmanuel Osamor, who was Nigeria’s minister of police affairs in the Second Republic, died yesterday after paying a solidarity visit to the former Delta State governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, at Kaduna Prison.
Former governor Ibori is presently remanded at Kaduna Prison over allegations of corruption and money laundering.
It was learnt that Osamor’s health started failing shortly after he left the prison premises. It was further learnt that the late scholar complained of a slight headache and general body pains soon after he left the prison’s premises.
Sources said the former minister was rushed to an undisclosed hospital, where he slumped and gave up the ghost.
Before his death, the professor of law was leader of one of the several associations that metamorphosed into the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The late Osamor was also among the few politicians who worked tirelessly to ensure victory for Ibori and the PDP in Delta State, both in 1999 and 2003.
The late professor was a close associate of former minister of transport Umaru Dikko, Alhaji Ishaku Ibrahim and many other political big-wigs in the country. He was both a scholar and advocate of true federalism, not only in Delta, but Nigeria at large.