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10 quick facts about late Frank Kokori, the dreaded Labour unionist

A former Secretary-General of the National Petroleum National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Employees and prominent ex-labour unionist, Chief Frank Kokori died on Thursday.

Here are 10 things to know about him:

1.  Kokori was born on December 7, 1943.

2.  He attended Urhobo College in Warri between 1959 and 1962. He later proceeded to the Eko Boys High School in Lagos.

3. He was an alumnus of the University of Ibadan.

4. Kokori was the Secretary-General of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Employees during the regime of ex-military President, General Ibrahim, Badamasi Babangida .

5. He was a feared labour unionist who led NUPENG and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN on nationwide protests and strikes several times.

6. He was a leading voice and prominent leader  of the popular nationwide protest against the June 12, 1993 election annulment and the death of Chief Moshood Abiola, the presumed winner of the election under the regime of late Gen. Sani Abacha.

7. Kokori was arrested and detained in 1994 by the Abacha regime. He was released in 1998 by Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar.

8. He was a member of the All Progressives Congress.

9. Kokori had been battling with a kidney problem before he died. His disease degenerated on Monday, 4th December, 2023 and he had to be placed on life support.

10. Kokori died at a private hospital in Warri around 1:00 am, on December 7th the same day he clocked 80.