Tuwere Nelly Utuama, wife of the immediate past Delta state deputy governor, Amos Utuama (SAN), is dead.
Mrs. Utuama, aged 65, Expect News gathered that she died after a brief illness last week but the information was kept secret, and her husband is said to be having some health issues at the moment.
Prof. Utuama, a two-term deputy governor, served under the administration of the immediate past governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan between 2007 and 2015.
A political friend to the former deputy governor who disclosed the matter to SaharaReporters 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.
However, the demise of wife of the former deputy governor has been confirmed in a statement credited to 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.