Labour Hero, Frank Kokori Dies on 80th Birthday

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In a sad twist of fate, Chief Frank Kokori, a prominent figure in the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, has died at the age of 80

As gathered by Beyond Boders, the veteran labour leader, known for his pivotal role in the validation struggle of the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election, breathed his last at a private hospital in Warri at 1:30 am on Thursday, December 7, 2023 – coincidentally, his birthday.

Kokori had been grappling with a kidney-related ailment, and his health took a sharp decline on Monday, leaving him unable to interact with those around him, ultimately relying on life support.

His personal assistant, Atawada Oke, shared this information with journalists on Thursday morning.

Also, the distress call made by Kokori on November 9, 2023, highlighted his sense of neglect despite his significant contributions to the country’s democratic growth.


Chief Kokori, undeterred by arrest, imprisonment, and torture by the military government, remained a steadfast advocate for democratic principles.

He played a crucial role in organizing nationwide strikes that paralyzed the oil industry, applying immense pressure on the military regime during the annulled election aftermath.

His dedication extended beyond the rights of oil workers as he actively participated in pro-democracy activities, rallying the masses, demonstrating, and building alliances to underscore his commitment to democracy.

Despite facing adversities, he earned widespread respect as a hero of the “June 12” fight.

The legacy of the veteran labour leader, leaves an indelible mark on Nigeria’s labor and democratic struggles.

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