Nigeria: Ex Plateau Governorship aspirant found dead in German apartment

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Dr. Daniel Kutchin dies at 57

A Nigerian Nuclear Physicist based in Germany, Mr. Daniel Kutchin has been reported dead.

Kutchin, 57, was found dead in his apartment in Monchengladbach, Germany on Wednesday, Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Germany (NIDOG) says.

His younger brother, Mr. Polycarp Kutchin who first announced the demise in a Facebook post on Thursday had attributed it to “natural causes”.

Kutchin who holds a Doctorate in Nuclear Physics at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University, Bonn, Germany, contested the Governorship of Plateau State in 2014 under the People’s Democratic Party.

He lost the Primaries but remained a vocal advocate of security, youth development and good governance in Nigeria.

“Dr Kutchin made meaningful contributions to the development of Nigeria,” says a press statement by NIDOG.

The statement issued Friday through Dr. RosaLyn Dressmann and Femi Awoniyi, President and General Secretary respectively confirms Kutchin’s involvement in projects to promote human capital development in Nigeria.

Dr Kutchin, a native of Mazat, Ganan Daji, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, graduated from the Gindiri Boys Secondary School and studied Physics at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, where he earned both his first and second degrees.

He also took courses in Information Technology and subsequently qualified as a “CISCO Certified Internetwork Expert”, The African Courier reports.

Dr Kutchin worked with Siemens where he was a network specialist. He left the global technology giant in 2003 to become an independent consultant.

As founder of the ‘Hillstone Foundation – The Diaspora from Central Nigeria’, Dr Kutchin worked with the German government under the Dual Vocational Training (DVT) Partnership – a project that seeks to promote vocational education in Nigeria.

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