Intrigues have surrounded the alleged death Bayelsa-born billionaire, Keniebi Okoko.
His alleged death was reported on social media by acquaintances and church members.
Okoko was alleged to have died on Tuesday after liposuction surgery in Lagos.
The former gubernatorial aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in the November 2019 election was a member of Salvation Ministries where he also doubled as a pastor.
However, sources within his church who did not want to be named because they were not authorized to speak claimed he was raised back to life after his suit was placed as a mantle in the church.
But when contacted, the media team of the church did not immediately respond to TPCN inquiries.
However, Dakuku Peterside, the immediate past Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, confirmed Okoko’s death.
Dakuku, a former Rivers State Governorship Candidate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), wrote: “I start by a confession, Kenebi is my friend, brother and someone who impacts every soul he comes in contact with. Yesterday (Tuesday) I got a call and rushed to the hospital where I met him lifeless. What is important is that he lived a good and impactful life and sure he has gone to be with the Lord. Two things smacked me.
“The extent of human solidarity. I got to the hospital about 8-8:30 pm and friends of his from across the country, high, mighty, ordinary folks, have taken over the hospital and were ready to go to ‘war’ for most loved Kenebi. It simply restored my faith in brotherhood and humanity. Too many persons, in the midst of wailing, were willing to help to ensure that a loving soul like Kenebi is not put to shame.
“The second observation is that all and sundry were not happy with the professional handling of the medical attention he got leading to his death and are demanding that we must get to the root of the matter so persons whose professional negligence led to this avoidable death must be held to account for it.
“In Kenebi’s death, I have seen the outpouring of love and appreciation of impactful living. May the soul of my beloved brother KENEBI Rest In Peace and May we continue rallying each other whenever the need arises”.