A former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, has described the sudden death of a former editor cum Managing Director of Daily Times newspaper, Innocent Oparadike, as a huge loss to the country

It was learnt that Oparadike slumped and died in his residence at Lagos  without any prior complaint of ill health.

Oparadike was an indigene of  Ogwa in the Mbaitoli local government area of Imo  State.
He was the first Southerner to edit and later manage Daily Times newspaper.

Oparadike, a past Commissioner for Information in the state in 1993 during the administration of late former Governor Evan Enwerem , was also Chairman of Imo Education Trust Fund when Ohakim held swear as the governor of the state.

Saddened by his death , former Governor  Ohakim said " 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 finds rest in the bosom of our Saviour Christ Jesus until that day when we meet to part no more. Rest in perfect peace Innocent".

On December 24th, 2016, late  Oparadike had written an appreciation note to his wife, Lady Esther Oparadike on his Facebook page on their 33th wedding anniversary.
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