BREAKING: Tragedy As Nigeria’s Ex-Minister Dies, Details Emerge

BREAKING: Tragedy As Nigeria’s Ex-Minister Dies, Details Emerge

  • A former chairman of First Bank and labour minister, Prince Ajibola Afonja, has passed on to the great beyond
  • Reports making the rounds on Monday, May 20, revealed that Afonja died on Sunday following injuries he sustained from an accident at his hometown
  • Taiwo Adebayo, chairman of a community-interest group, the Oyo Global Forum, has reacted to the unfortunate development journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Prince Ajibola Afonja, a former minister of labour and productivity under the Interim National Government of Chief Ernest Sonekan, has passed away.

Mourning as another Nigerian minister dies
Former minister Ajibola Afonja has died. Photo credit: Adeleke Wasiu Adewale
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As reported by Leadership, Afonja died on Sunday night, May 19, at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

As reported by The Punch, Afonja, the former chairman of First Bank, passed on at the age of 82.

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How Ajibola Afonja died

The industrialist, who is known in his Oyo community by his company’s name, Integrated Dimensional System, IDS, reportedly sustained injuries from an accident he was involved in at his country home.

He was rushed to UCH in Ibadan, where he eventually died.

Group reacts as ex-minister dies

Reacting, a foremost community-interest group, the Oyo Global Forum (OGF), through its chairman, Taiwo Adebayo, confirmed the death of the former minister in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday night.

He described the late Afonja as a unifier.

“On this dark day in Oyo, we mourn the loss of Prince Ajibola Afonja.
“His legacy of generosity and open-heartedness touched countless lives, and his presence will be profoundly missed," he said.

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Abubakar praised Aduku's commitment to service and nation-building, which he said "has set a remarkable precedent".

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