A lecturer in the Creative Arts Department of the University of Lagos, Chief E.A Bassey, died on Saturday evening while watching the finals of the 2012 European Championship between Chelsea and Bayern Munich in his house in Lagos.
His death came one week after the university lost its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Tokunbo Sofoluwe, who died of cardiac arrest on May 12.
Though university source said he died of heart-related ailment, a source in the department who pleaded anonymity, said he died while watching the football finals which Chelsea won 4-3 on penalties.
“He started watching the match in his departmental office but later, he left the office for his quarters on campus where he continued watching the tension-soaked match. During the match, he complained of heat from within and asked that the fan be directed at him.
“Those who were watching the match with him did, but later, he said he wanted to go to the toilet and it was in the process of going to the toilet that he slumped and later died,” the source said.
Though efforts to get the comment of the Deputy Registrar, Information and Protocol, Mr. Dare Seth, failed, a senior member of staff in the Information Unit of the institution, who pleaded not to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the press, confirmed Bassey’s death.
“Yes, it is true that Chief Bassey is dead,” he said.
Asked whether the deceased was a fan of any of the two clubs, the source said he did not know. “But what I know is that he started watching the match in his office before he left for his official quarters where he was said to have slumped,” the source said.
A student of the institution, Mr. Tosin Adesile, expressed shock at the death of the lecturer, wondering why another lecturer should die a week after the demise of Sofoluwe.
Also, a student in the Faculty of Arts, Funto Haastrup, while paying tribute to Bassey, said the multi-talented lecturer would be sorely missed by the university.
“He will be sorely missed. We will miss his creative ability,” he said.
His death threw the institution into a fresh round of mourning, as it was still making arrangements to bury the late VC on May 30.
Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.
The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.
Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.
The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”
Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun!
My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer in sha Allah. May Allah forgive & be Merciful to her.
— Isa Ali Pantami, PhD (@DrIsaPantami) November 23, 2020
Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.
The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.
The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.
Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.
He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.
Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims
Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.
According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.
Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.
The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.
He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.
Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.
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