Tuwere Nelly Utuama, wife of the immediate past Delta state deputy governor, Amos Utuama (SAN), is dead.
Mrs. Utuama, aged 65, SaharaReporters reliably gathered, died after a brief illness last week but the information was kept from the public and her husband, who is said to be having some health challenges at the moment.
Utuama, a two-term deputy governor, served under the administration of the immediate past governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan between 2007 and 2015.
A political associate to the former deputy governor who confided in our correspondent said, “The news of the wife of the former deputy governor had broken out since last week but was kept secret from her husband who was already at the airport in Lagos to be flown abroad for an illness suspected to be partial stroke; it was done so as not to worsen his health condition.”
“The news was also kept from the public and the media so that it would not get to her husband as well because of his current health condition,” the source added.
Meanwhile, the death of the wife of the former deputy governor has been confirmed in a statement signed by Ebikeme Clark, son of a former Minister of Information, Edwin Clark and Special Adviser to Delta state governor.
“The families of His Excellency, Prof. Amos Agbe Utuama, SAN, of Otu-Jeremi, Pa Ojigho of Otokutu, Chief Ikporoko Oro of Ejekota and Chief E. K. Clark of Kiagbodo, all in Delta State, regret to announce the passing on of their daughter, sister, cousin, mother and grandmother, Her Excellency, Dr. Mrs. Tuwere Nelly Utuama, after a brief illness, at the age of 65 years.
“The news of the passing on was made known by her children, Dr. Ovie Andrew Utuama and Barr. Mrs. Oghenefejiro Barbara Smooth. Burial arrangements will be announced later by the family,” the statement said.