Breaking: Tragedy as Nigeria’s Statistician-General Dies in Abuja Hospital After 7 Months in Office

Breaking: Tragedy as Nigeria’s Statistician-General Dies in Abuja Hospital After 7 Months in Office

  • After seven months appointed as the Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr Simon Harry has passed on
  • Mr Joel Ichedi, the spokesman of the National Bureau of Statistics while confirming the news of his death, said he died in the early hours of Wednesday
  • Before his appointment as the head of NBS, he was the director, corporate planning and technical coordination department with about three decades of statistical experience

Statistician-general of the Federation, Dr Simon Harry, is dead. His sudden demise happened in the early hours of Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

Leadership reports that the spokesman of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Mr Joel Ichedi, confirmed the death of the Statistician-general.

Ichedi while confirming the sad development disclosed Dr. Harry died in the early hours of today after a brief illness.

Statistician-General of the Federation, Abuja, NBS, Simon Harry
The Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr. Simon Harry, is dead. Photo credit: @SG_SBHarry
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What happened

Ichedi said:

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“It’s true. He died early this morning after a brief illness."

Harry was appointed the Statistician-General of the Federation about eight months ago, Daily Trust added.

Rumour of his death

His death is coming barely 48 hours after the agency debunked rumours of his demise.

The Punch also reported that he was said to have been indisposed on Saturday, April 9, and was immediately given medical attention.

Harry was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as the Statistician-General of the Federation in August 2021.

National loss as former Nigerian president dies

In another report, Chief Ernest Shonekan, the leader of the defunct Interim National Government set up to succeed General Babangida's regime died in Lagos at the age of 85 on Tuesday, January 11.

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Shonekan was the leader of the Interim National Government installed to succeed the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.

The former leader headed the then government between August 26 and November 17, 1993, when he was removed from office in a coup orchestrated by late General Sani Abacha.

Alao-Akala: Big loss, grieving as former Oyo governor passes on

Meanwhile, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, former governor of Oyo, was reported dead in the early hours of Wednesday, January 12.

Akala, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was a former governor of the state, between 2007 and 2011.

Akala reportedly left Abuja on the morning of Tuesday, January 11, for Ilorin and then proceeded to Ogbomosho where he died at age 71 a day later. The APC politician also served as a deputy governor under the then Governor Rashidi Ladoja between 2003 and 2006.

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