In the last 48 hours, Nigeria has lost at least four prominent figures.
Below is a list of four famous Nigerians who have died in the last 48 hours, ranging from the shocking death of Yinka Odumakin to the devastating loss of Hon. Haruna Maitala.
The first was the death of Gen. Frank Seide, the chairman of Bayelsa State Waterway Security (West District). According to Linda Ikeji, the deceased, also known as General Frank, was shot and killed by gunmen in his hometown, Bilabiri, in Bayelsa State’s Ekeremor Local Government Area, on Thursday night, April 1.
His death was followed by that of Hon. Haruna Maitala, representing Bassa constituency, Jos North Plateau State, in the House of Representatives. The politician died along with one of his sons in a tragic car accident on Abuja-Keffi highway, Nasarawa State, on Friday. A source, who confided in Daily Trust, said that the lawmaker was travelling to Jos for his son’s wedding scheduled for Saturday, April 3rd, 2021, when the tragic incident occurred.
While we were mourning the death of the lawmaker, news of the passing away of another prominent Nigeria, Rt. Hon Sam Obi was confirmed. According to Vanguard, the former Acting Governor of Delta State died in the early hours of Saturday. Circumstances leading to his sudden death was not known as at press time, but a dependable source confirmed that his body has been deposited in a mortuary in Asaba. The late Sam Obi represented the Ika North East State Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly for three terms (2003-2015) and became Acting Governor in 2010 after Court nullified the 2007 election of former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and ordered a rerun.
The last and most shocking off all was the reported death of Yinka Odumakin, the spokesman for the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere. He died in the early hours of today due to complications from Covid-19. His death was confirmed by his wife, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, who responded to a telephone call made to her by Tribune Online. Amidst sobbing, she said she was on her way to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, right now, declaring repeatedly that: “Part of me is gone.”
Odumakin had been in the ICU of LASUTH for the past one week after being transferred from IDH Yaba. Until his death, Odumakin was a human rights activist who played a vital role in the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) that fought General Sani Abacha’s regime after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election. He was the Apex Yoruba group’s spokesman for over two decades, coordinating the publicity and public relations activities of the group.