The Chief of Staff to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, Chijioke Nwakodo, is dead.

56 year old Nwakodo died in a London hospital on Thursday. His death was confirmed on Friday by his younger brother, Obidike in Umuahia.

Chijioke, a father of two, was appointed Chief of Staff to the governor on June 3, 2015.

The deceased politician and businessman was born on March 29, 1961.

He was a one-time chairman of Umuahia North Local Government (1999 to 2002), where he was nicknamed “Zero allocation”.

The deceased also served as the chief economic adviser to former Governor Theodore Orji.

When newsmen visited his residence, his younger brother, Obidike, was seen receiving calls from sympathisers, who trickled into the house of the deceased to offer their condolence.