Paul Ohia THISDAY Foreign Found Dead in His Car

THISDAY Foreign and Diplomatic Editor, Mr. Paul Ohia, was yesterday found dead in his official car, a white Kia Optima along Marine Road, Apapa, Lagos.

According to eyewitness reports, the deceased had parked his car for several hours by the side of the road, which aroused the suspicion of passersby, prompting them to move closer to check on him.

The eyewitnesses said the deceased had reclined the driver's seat and lay on it as if he was sleeping; until they opened the car doors to find out that he was motionless and lifeless.

The sympathisers who noticed the THISDAY sticker on the windshield of the car, called THISDAY office, informing of the tragic incident. THISDAY management in turn called the police from Area B Command, who arrived the spot to meet THISDAY Editors – Messrs  Collins Edomaruse and Olawale Olaleye. They moved the body to Lagoon Hospital in Apapa where he was confirmed dead.

Although, the hospital said an autopsy would determine the actual cause of death, the medical doctor on duty said the deceased might have died of cardiac arrest.
Until his death, Ohia, was a husband and a father of two boys, was a core humanist who believed in justice and equality.

He took life so simple that he believed acquiring property or pursuing wealth is a sheer waste of time.

His Profile
Paul Ohia holds an MA in Translation and is a senior Nigerian journalist,serving as an editor on the Foreign Desk of THISDAY newspaper, afront-line Nigerian daily. Paul also serves as a Special Advisor to theGovernor of Abia State, Nigeria.Educated in Nigeria's first state university, Abia State University as atranslator and conference interpreter in the nineties, Ohia pursued his passion for journalism after completing a Bachelors (BA) French andMasters degree (MA ) in French/English translation. He started as anintern with the Post Express newspapers in 1999 and became a foreignaffairs reporter in the year 2000.He rose to the position of an editor on the foreign beat three months later,making him the most upward moving journalist in the Nigerian printmedia then.Ohia later edited the political page of The Post Express in 2002 fromwhere he was employed by THISDAY in 2004.He has written over a thousand articles and features and conductedhundreds of interviews on politics, diplomatic affairs, development andforeign affairs.His foreign desk reporting has made him to have a good insight into thedevelopmental needs of his region.Born August 11, 1970, he said that his love for journalism was influenced by the post war situation of his country. Then his region in Eastern Nigeria was engaged in a war against secession from the entire countryand the oppression faced by his people was not represented well in themedia. This led to marginalisation of the place in terms of development.To this effect, he felt the urge to give vent to the voice of people who areneglected in terms of development.Paul is currently establishing an African Union Magazine Publication thatwill serve as an independent advisor and watchdog to the Union. Hehopes that this will ultimately culminate in establishing an African Unionmedia outlet, that will give a voice to all Africans and those who have theinterest of Africa at heart to speak to, and guide, the leaders aright.

May his soul rest in peace

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