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By COLLINS Ughalaa

Former Governor Ikedi Ohakim on Wednesday wept as he mourned the death of ace journalist, Chief Innocent Oparadikke, whose death was reported on Tuesday.
Ohakim in a statement described the late journalist as “my dear friend, a former colleague and brother”, saying that he received news of the death of Oparadike “with rude shock”
Ohakim said that his friendship with Oparadike had come a long way, before both of them became commissioners in Imo State. He pointed out that Oparadike served during his administration as the Chairman of the Imo Education Trust Fund.
“I received with rude shock the sudden death of my dear friend, a former colleague and a brother, Chief Innocent Oparadike.
“Our friendship is one that had come a long way even before we both served Imo State as commissioners and later served our dear state again, I in the capacity of Governor and he as the Chairman of our Education Trust Fund. Oparadyk, as we all fondly called him was a man with a good heart, a man with the greatest love for his fellow man and had only the best interest of our state and nation at heart.
“You'll be greatly missed my dear friend. I'm still in shock since hearing the sad news but we will not mourn like people without faith.
“I pray that your soul find rest in the bosom of our Saviour Christ Jesus until that day when we meet to part no more. Rest in perfect peace Innocent”, Ohakim said.
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