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An ex-president general of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Joe Irukwu, has been reported dead. He was 89.

The president general, Amaokwe Item Welfare Union, Harrison Eze Okorie made the announcement in a statement on Saturday.

The statement reads, “The Amaokwe Item Welfare Union on behalf of the entire Amaba Ukwu kindred and the immediate family hereby announce the glorious but painful demise of our great patron, father, grandfather, son and brother, Prof (Chief)Joseph Ogbonnaya Irukwu, SAN, CFR.”

Until his death, Irukwu was the founding managing director of Nigerian Reinsurance Corporation, a government-owned business established to increase the local share of reinsurance premium income.

He also founded the African Development Insurance Company thereafter, which was later sold to Diamond Bank.

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