Tony Iwelu, Chief Security Officer to Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has died of electric shock in a hotel in Kaduna State while attending a function.
Though details surrounding the incident remains sketchy, it was said that Iwelu died while having a shower on Monday at about 10:30am.
Iwelu was an operative of the Department of State Services, who had been with Amaechi since he was governor of Rivers State.
An aide to the minister, who confirmed the incident, described the deceased as a thoroughbred security personnel, adding that his death was a great loss to all that knew him.
The Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, commiserated with Amaechi over the demise of his Chief Security Officer (CSO).
Daily Post reported on Tuesday that Iwelu, the Chief Security Officer of the Minister of Transportation, Amaechi was reportedly electrocuted in a hotel in Kaduna State.
Expressing shock and sadness over the sudden death of Iwelu, in a statement to DAILY POST on Tuesday, Peterside described him as a “diligent, hard working and humble” personality who performed his responsibilities with sense of devotion.
“I have known the late Tony Iwelu for twenty solid years; his loyalty and devotion to duty are exemplary. I am sure his family, the family of Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi, friends, the State Security Service will miss him dearly for all he represents. My own family is heart broken,” he added.
“He is such an amiable fellow who went about his duties in a professional manner and respected people around his boss,” he stated.
The former Rivers Works Commissioner condoled with Amaechi and the staff of Federal Ministry of Transport over the loss of Iwelu at the height of his career.
“On behalf of the board, management and staff of NIMASA, my heartfelt condolence also goes to his family at this trying time and pray God to grant them the perseverance and fortitude to bear the loss,” he summed up.