High Chief Lionel Jonathan-Omo, the Deputy Campaign Director of the former Governor Chief Timipre Sylva and Elder Wilberforce Igiri campaign organisation during the 2016 governorship election is dead.
Chief Lionel Jonathan-Omo, who was also a one-time state commissioner for enviroment and running mate to Chief Francis Doukpola during the 1999 governorship campaign on the platform of the All People Party(APP) was reported to have fallen from the balcony of his country home Beleu-pogo in Ogbolomabiri area of Nembe city of Nembe local government of the state.
He was reported to have been relaxing on his balcony last weekend at his country home when he suddenly felt dissy and while trying to get up with the aid of a pillar close to him, he fell off the two storey building.
Close associates revealed that the fatal fall from the balcony, was discovered by his wife after hearing the sound from the kitchen and he was immediately rushed to the hospital, “but the doctors advised to we take him to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in Rivers state. He was operated upon and did not survive. ”
A member of the Nembe chiefs council and the state chairman of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Chief Nengi James Oriworio, who confirmed the mourning mood the Nembe kingdom was thrown after hearing the news of his demise, said “the news of his death came as a shock.”
The news got the Nembe palace during a call on the His Royal Majesty, King Edmund Dakoru by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Don Awunah.
Chief Nengi James-Oriworio described the late Chief Lionel Jonathan-Omo as a collossus that has contributed greatly to the Nembe kingdom and the state as a whole.
Indigenes of Nembe and residents of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital were thrown into mourning and shock over the news of his demise.
He was considered a gentleman, a former lecturer at the River State University of Science and Technology and Chief Executive of Achivers Farms Group, writer, a vocal advocate for good governance and return to farming and commercial agriculture to boost the local economy of the state.