- A Nigerian, Okunuga Olumide Saraju, has been reportedly found dead in Italy after a brief illness
- The report says that Saraju might have died of coronavirus infection
- Saraju had lived in Italy for 30 years and he was alone in his apartment when he was found dead
A report by the Guardian indicates that a 64-year-old Nigerian, Okunuga Olumide Saraju, was found dead in his home in Modena, Italy, where he lived alone.
Legit.ng gathered that Okunuga, a native of Ikenne in Ogun state and the president of Egbe Omo Yoruba in Emilia Romagna region, was found dead at about 11 am on Tuesday, March 10, at his home.
The report said there were suspicions that he may have died of coronavirus infection, a disease that has ravaged Italy in the past few weeks.
According to the newspaper, Saraju who was well-known in the circles of associations and voluntary workers had lived in Modena for 30 years.
Quoting Modena local media, it added that a friend had raised the alarm, saying that upon entry, there were no signs of violence or break-ins in the house, nor traces of blood.
Suraju was said to have been suffering from high fever for some days but was not subjected to isolation because he had a previous complex health condition, adding that a friend raised the alarm when he was no longer answering his calls.
The city of Modena activated the antivirus procedure for the recovery of a body for the first time on Tuesday, March 10, when removing his body from the apartment.
As a precautionary measure, his body was brought to the street closed by a municipal police cordon, with the necrophores completely protected by overalls and masks, a gesture the neighborhood applauded.
The city said it is impossible to ascertain the cause of death for now because the deceased was suffering from a congenital disease, but the coroner would perform an autopsy and swab to check if he contracted coronavirus.
Saraju is an employee of an important Modena company, former vice president of the foreigners' council of Modena, volunteer and former CGIL delegate.
He was an Italian citizen in all respects and for 15 years he lived on the first floor of the building where he died. He lived alone since he separated from his wife.
"And since he had been sick, his friends had decided to take the necessary things in turn, leaving him on the window at home; that windowsill became his last contact with the world outside the home. It happened in fact that last Thursday he started to feel bad.
"He suffered from exhaustion and severe fever. He called the family doctor who went to his house to visit him. The doctor thought it was a normal flu: as friends reported yesterday, he took his leave advising him to stay indoors," the report said.
Mohamed Lasry, known as Il Sarto, his friend and neighbour, said: “The last phone call was on Monday evening. He told me he was very sick, he couldn’t take it anymore. Then I passed by yesterday morning. He didn’t answer. Then I raised the alarm. The municipal police arrived on the spot followed by the firefighters. After a few unsuccessful attempts at the intercom, the door was forced and the macabre discovery took place.
“The 64-year-old’s lifeless body was lying on the ground. He had evidently fallen suddenly without getting up again. Olumide was a citizen of the world open to others, to solidarity, always smiling and jovial. A man of the Fim, a man of the CISL as there are few. Never a word out of place and never a controversy.”
“Olumide was a friend, as well as our delegate of reference in Annovi Reverberi,”adds the secretary of the Fim Cisl Emilia Centrale, Giorgio Uriti. He was one who certainly did not send her, a Fimmino doc of the old guard. He knew how to tame “comrades” well, so he called them those of Fiom.
“Always polite and every time I went to the company to hold meetings, he always brought me the bottle of water and gave me a smile, to show his happiness to see Fim there in the company with him. Fim loses a great person, a respectable delegate always on the front line and on the side of the weakest."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government gave a directive to airlines operating international and regional flights in the country to commence the implementation of the use of the yellow cards as a requirement for travel.
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