First-lady, Patience Jonathan’s Mother Dies in Car Crash in Rivers State, Nigeria

Patience Jonathan
  • Reports that Nigeria’s First-lady, patience Jonathan’s mother dies in road traffic accident on the way to Bayelsa state from Rivers state

  • According to the FRSC, Nigeria contributes about 700,000 deaths out of the 1.5 million people killed on road accidents all over the world annually. 162 Nigerians die per 100,000. Accidents occur due to government neglect of Nigeria’s roads and failed regulations and proper licensing of drivers.

July 23, 2013; Updated


THERE was anxiety in Port Harcourt on Monday as news of the death of Mrs. Iwari-Oba, the mother of the wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience,  spread in the Rivers State capital.

The mother of Mrs. Jonathan was said to have been involved in a ghastly motor accident along Elele Road in Rivers State.

It was gathered that the woman, who is from Okrika Local Government Area, was on her way to Bayelsa State when the accident happened.

Unconfirmed report indicated that her corpse was taken to Kpaiyama Mortuary by a team of policemen and a member representing Ogu Bolo State Constituency, Mr. Evans Bipi, who is a relative to the deceased.

Though, the police and the Federal Road Safety Commission in the state could not confirm the incident, an aide to Bipi said the First Lady’s mother died in a road accident, which occurred at about 4pm.

Bipi’s aide, Mr. Fred Itobo, told The PUNCH that the President’s wife’s mother was involved in the accident while she was on her way to Bayelsa State.

“Yes! She was involved in an accident and she died. Her body has been taken to a mortuary. Bipi was among those who took her body to the mortuary,” Itobo said.

When contacted, the State Director of FRSC, Dr. Kayode Olagunju, declined comment on the matter, saying, “I cannot say anything on this matter now until I get full details.”

Though effort to get reactions from the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Angela Agabe, proved futile, she had already told a journalist on the telephone that she had not been briefed on such crash.

Not biological mother

Vehicle she died in
Vehicle she died in

According to the information received, the woman that died in the said car crash was not the mother of the first lady. But our source stated that the first lady called the woman mother.

The name of the woman who died in the crash is Sisi.
The remains of the deceased, who was travelling to neighboring Bayelsa, when the accident occurred was placed at Kpaima Mortuary, at Elechi Beach, Diobu, Port Harcourt, which is not far from Government House.
Unconfirmed sources said the accident happened at 6p.m. Monday. The political crisis in Rivers State may have prevented the state government from issuing an official statement on the passage of Sisi – the woman Patience Jonathan calls mother. Ordinarily, the commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari would have issued a statement on the death on behalf of the state government, but she was yet to do that at the time of this report.
Stay tuned for the complete report. – 247Ureports

Police Confirm Death Of Patience Jonathan’s Mother-PM News, Lagos

Nigeria’s police command in Rivers state today confirmed the death of Madam Charity Obah, the foster mother to Mrs Patience Jonathan, the wife of the President,in an auto crash along East-West road in the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer PPRO DSP Angela Agabe told journalists that Charity Obah was travelling with three other persons in a Toyota Corolla car with registration number ABU 153 AE.

She said the incident occurred Monday evening along Isiokpo/Elele road on her way to Bayelsa State.

The PPRO also explained that a 14 year old girl name, Favour, a student of Seventh Day Adventist Church Secondary School, Elele, also died in the accident.
On cause of the accident, she said the front tyre of the vehicle pulled out while the driver was negotiating a sharp bend and made the car to somersault several times.

The driver Stanley Enyinnaya and the forth occupant were receiving treatment at an Undisclosed hospital.

The Rivers command police image maker DSP Angela Agabe however said the body of Madam Charity Obah, the foster mother of the first lady has been deposited in a morgue in Port Harcourt. See: