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First Lady says man who drowned at Abuja hotel wasn’t her nephew

First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has disowned one Christopher Awai, who drowned at a swimming pool in a hotel in Abuja.

Christopher Awai drowned at Agura Hotel while swimming during a party held by Ijaw students at the University of Abuja to mark the end of Ijaw students week celebration.

He was said to be a nephew of Mrs. Jonathan.

The management of the hotel had said the deceased did not drown in the hotel pool, as autopsy result indicated his system contained alcohol and not water.

But in a statement on Wednesday, Special Assistant to the First Lady on Media, Ayo Adewuyi said she has no link with the said Awai.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to media reports linking one Christopher Awai who allegedly drowned in the swimming pool of Agura Hotel, Abuja to the First Lady, Dame (Dr) Patience Faka Jonathan.

“This is to clearly state that the said Christopher Awai has no link whatsoever with the First Lady and as such, he is not a nephew of the First Lady.

“We also wish to state without any iota of equivocation that Madam Esther Ebiere Gbonkumor, who was mentioned in the news reports as the immediate ‘younger sister’ of the First Lady is not in any way related to Dame (Dr) Patience Faka Jonathan.

“Madam Gbonkumor was said to have petitioned the Inspector General of Police on behalf of the family ‘demanding a full corona inquest into Awai’s death’.

“It is an unfounded rumour which the First Lady knows nothing about and we will like the public and well meaning Nigerians to note, for the purpose of accurate record and common good”, the statement added.




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