Tragedy As Lagos Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Dies, Details Emerge

Tragedy As Lagos Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Dies, Details Emerge

  • The Lagos state government headed by Babajide Sanwo-Olu has lost one of its top aides, Gboyega Soyannwo
  • The state commissioner for information and strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, confirmed the unfortunate development via a statement
  • Reacting, Sanwo-Olu expressed shock over the sudden demise of his DCOS, whom he described as an ally and a brother

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On Wednesday, May 15, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state announced the passing of his deputy chief of staff (DCoS), Gboyega Soyannwo.

Lagos gov loses top aide, reacts
Sanwo-Olu confirms the death of his DCOS, Gboyega Soyanwo, whom he described as his ally. Photo credit: @jidesanwoolu
Source: Twitter

As reported by The Punch, Soyannwo died on Wednesday after a brief illness. He was aged 55.

As Vanguard also reported, the death was announced in a statement signed by the state's commissioner for information and strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotosho.

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In a post sighted by and shared on his X page, the governor wrote:

"It is with deep sorrow that I announce the passing of my Deputy Chief of Staff, Gboyega Soyannwo. I am devastated by Gboyega's sudden departure and I’m deeply affected by this news.
"Gboyega was not only my Deputy Chief of Staff by title; he was a brother to me, an armour-bearer, a confidante and a faithful believer in our collective dream of a Greater Lagos.
"His total dedication and service to Lagos State will never be forgotten. My prayers are with his beloved wife, Yewande and their children during this difficult time.
"I trust that God Almighty will give us beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for this present mourning and a garment of praise for this present spirit of heaviness."

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Describing Gboyega as his ally and brother, he prayed for his soul to rest in peace with his maker. understands that the late Gboyega Soyannwo is survived by a wife and two children.

Borno Governor Zulum loses special adviser

In a similar development, reported that on Saturday, May 4, the special adviser to Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state on community relations, Chief Kester Ogualili, passed away.

Ogualili passed away at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital after a protracted illness.

The deceased, who hailed from Dunukofia local government area in Anambra state, lived most of his life in Borno.

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