Tears, Grief Greet Ambode’s Aide, Deji Tinubu’s Sudden Death

There has been an outpouring of grief especially in the social media following the sudden death on Thursday of Deji Tinubu, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Commerce and Industry.

The 54 year-old soccer enthusiast, reportedly slumped around 7.30pm during a five-a-side novelty football match in Epe on Thursday, on the sideline of a retreat for Lagos cabinet members, permanent secretaries, directors of ministries.

After the application of first aid by the Lagos State Emergency Service failed to revive him, he was rushed to the Epe General Hospital, where he was confirmed dead.

Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy confirmed the death, expressing deep shock.

“I spoke with him just one hour before the match and he was asking me how I was settling down to the new assignment as information commissioner. He never showed any sign of illness. He was even adjudged to be the fittest around during a compulsory routine medical check for everyone attending the retreat”, Bamigbetan said.


He told News Agency of Nigeria that an official statement will be issued later today on the tragedy.

Deji Tinubu, fifth left before the novelty match

“We had to first inform the family before issuing any statement”, he said.

Deji Tinubu suddenly groaned in pain during the football match before he slumped.

Tinubu was the Chairman, Lagos Sports Commission and Special Adviser to the Governor on Sports. He was later made the Special Adviser on Sports alone after the sports commission chairman was given to another person by Ambode.

At the recent Cabinet reshuffle by Ambode, he was redeployed to Commerce and Industry as Special Adviser before his death.

Tinubu was also the Director General, Lagos Sports Commission during the former Governor Babatunde Fashola’s tenure.

Deji’s death was the second to hit the Tinubu clan in the two months. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s first son, Jide died in November 2017.

There has been an outpouring of grief on Twitter since the report of Deji Tinubu’s death.

I grew up listening to Deji Tinubu on Cool FM. 7:45am to 8am. This is a really sad news. May his soul Rest In Peace. This is shocking a news. Prayers to the loved ones he left behind.

— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) January 25, 2018

So sad to hear about the passing on of Mr Deji Tinubu. Terrible terrible news. The friendliest top journalist I’ve ever come across. Took and gave banter like you’re everyday mates. Thoughts and prayers with his family and the sports community. Very sad.

— Gboye (@mcgboye) January 25, 2018

Once again..let’s realise we don’t have our lives in our hands but God’s..

What a loss!

So sad to hear the passing of a sports icon.. Hon Deji Tinubu

— omodia okhueleigbe (@omodia4real) January 25, 2018

Good night DEJI TINUBU (5TH LEFT, EARLIER TODAY, BEFORE HIS SUDDEN DEATH)… Rest in Peace, dear Brother… pic.twitter.com/HvM1tDnjYK

— Dele Momodu Ovation (@DeleMomodu) January 25, 2018


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