The Chairman of Asari Toru Local Government Area, Rivers State, Odiari Princewill, known as a strong loyalist of the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, has died of complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was gathered that the council boss breathed his last on Wednesday at about 10pm and was buried on Thursday morning at the Port Harcourt Cemetary by officials of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)
A source said the late chairman contracted the disease from a professor, who returned from the USA and stayed in his house in Port Harcourt.
The source, who spoke in confidence, said: “The source came from the USA and stayed with the chairman. Shortly after his arrival, he developed COVID-19 symptoms which later caused health complications and killed him.
“Following the death of the professor, the chairman developed similar symptoms. He was being managed at home when the government insisted he must be moved to the isolation Centre. Few days later, he died.
“The wife is not happy with the government because she claimed r husband was getting better when the government moved him to the isolation Centre where he later died. The COVID-19 situation in Rivers State is getting out of control”.
His death was said to have shocked residents of the council, who described him as a true loyalist of Wike and recalled his tireless efforts to develop the council.