By Sampson Boroh
Ijaw leader and President of the Conference of Ethnic Nationalities in Niger Delta (CENND), Prof. Kimse Okoko, is dead.
The former President of the Ijaw National Congress (INC) died after a brief illness at a hospital in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Sunday.
His death is coming barely six months after his son and a former governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Keniebi Okoko, died.
The late Ijaw leader hailed from Obunagha in Yenagoa Council area of Bayelsa State.
He was an Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Port Harcourt.
A family source, who confirmed Okoko’s death, said the octogenarian was briefly sick and was receiving treatment in a Port Harcourt hospital where he died on Sunday.
The source further stated that the family will officially issue a statement on his death during the week.
Okoko was one of the first generation professors of Ijaw extraction in the Niger Delta region and highly respected.