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Lagos council boss dies of Covid-19 related complications

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The chairman of Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area, of Lagos State, Babatunde Oke is dead.

Sources disclosed that the council chairman may have died of Covid-19 related complications, even though his close aides denied it.

Oke’s Chief Press Secretary, Akerele Ismail confirmed his demise on Wednesday.

Ismail said his boss died on Wednesday morning but could not give details.

“Yes, he is dead. I cannot give you details now. I am in pain. Please, let us talk later,”

He however denied that his death was linked to coronavirus.

Oke’s death came barely two months after the chairman of Agbado/Oke-Odo LCDA, Augustine Arogundade, died.

Arogundade was said to have died of coronavirus-related complications on June 2.

Oke is serving his second term in the council.

The Chairman of Conference 57, a forum for all the council chairmen in Lagos, Mrs Omolola Essien, described Oke’s death as “sad and shocking”.

She cautioned other local government chairpersons to prioritise holding meetings virtually.

Essien, who is the Chairman of Lagos Mainland Local Government, said, “In Conference 57, all of us are in shock because the thing is becoming too much.

“I advise everyone to keep safe. Nothing is important as life. We pray that God will console his family. We need to be strict on enforcing COVID-19 guidelines.”

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