- The late commissioner of health in Ondo state, Wahab Adegbenro, has been buried
- Adegbenro died on Thursday, July 2, from complications resulting from COVID-19
- Family and friends of the late commissioner wept uncontrollably during the burial
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Tears flowed freely on Friday, July 3, in Ondo state as the remains of the late commissioner of health, Wahab Adegbenro, were interred in his home town in Ilara-Mokin according to Islamic rites.
Vanguard reports that sympathisers trooped to late Adegbenro's family house where he was buried.
Legit.ng learnt that a huge crowd of sympathizers gathered to witness Adegbenro's burial.
Adegbenro died on Thursday, July 2, at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, a town in Ondo state.
According to the report, officials conducting the burial were kitted according to COVID-19 protocols.
The families, friends, and sympathisers who wept around the burial site gathered to watch the ceremony.
The crowd at the venue of the burial showed that the social distancing order was not followed or enforced.
While most sympathisers wore their face mask, the crowd at the venue were not controlled.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu reacted to Adegbenro's death.
It was reported that Adegbenro, a veteran health expert and surgeon, died on Thursday, July 2, at the age of 65.
The late commissioner battled COVID-19 over the last few days but efforts of the state health operatives proved futile as he later gave up the ghost.
His death came barely 48 hours after Governor Rotimi Akeredolu announced through his social media handles that he tested positive to the virus.
Akeredolu, who spoke from self-isolation, described Adegbenro as a reliable colleague and compatriot, saying "Ondo has lost one of his most dutiful commissioners."
In another report, Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), expressed grief and sadness over the death of Adegbenro.
Speaking on the late commissioner's death, the NCDC DG said Adegbenro would be fondly remembered for his contribution to the health sector.
Ihekweazu, who described the commissioner as "my brother and colleague" further eulogised him for his leadership response to the outbreak of Lassa Fever in Ondo state.
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