Tony Uranta, Niger Delta activist, dies @ 57


Tony Uranta, United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDEDSS) Executive Secretary, is dead.

The activist, who was Executive Secretary of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has died on Wednesday afternoon, November 24, after a protracted illness. He was aged 57.

Jimi Disu and actress Regina Askia, confirmed Uranta’s death on Facebook.

A statement by his family read: “We announce the passage of Tony Uranta (TIU) at 1:32 pm this afternoon,”

“Tony has gone home to rest, after a long medical battle’.

“He fought a good fight while here, but we believe God needs him now, to continue from the other side, and to perhaps conquer on his strong believe on Justice, Equity, Peace and Unity for Nigeria.

“Burial will be announced by family.”

Meanwhile, fellow activists, Prof. Pat Utomi, Olisa Agbakoba, Olawale Okunniyi, and others under the Pro National Conference Organisations and Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM), on behalf of the Nigerian Civil Society Movement have mourned his demise.

The group eulogised “Uranta’s various contributions towards the advocacy for constitutional restructuring of Nigeria amid stiff resistance from those who benefit from jaundice and corruptive political structure of Nigeria.”

In a joint statement signed by the Director-General of the NIM, who is also spokesperson of PRONACO, Sir Olawale Okunniyi, the group recalled his contributions to national conferences, especially the 2014 National Confab, even as they promised to immortalise his legacy.

Uranta had suffered a partial stroke last year. He made the disclosure in a post on his social media handle obtained by CKN News.

He was married to sports broadcaster, Baroong Etta.


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