The Lagos State Government has expressed “shock and disbelief” over the death of Deji Tinubu, the former special adviser on Commerce, Industry And Cooperatives to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. The late Tinubu had also been chairman of the Lagos State Sports Council before his re-appointment as an adviser.
A government condolence statement signed by Kehinde Bamigbetan, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, said the government commiserates with the deceased’s family and the citizens of Lagos State over their “huge loss”.
“We are still in shock. All of us at the State Executive Council are in disbelief. He was a good and committed patriot who brought his passion to his job. He was a gentleman who maintained excellent team spirit. We shall miss him,” he said.
Bamigbetan confirmed that Tinubu “slumped while playing five aside match with fellow participants at the ongoing retreat of members of the state executive council and permanent secretaries at the Jubilee Chalets, Epe”. He added, “Doctors and nurses rushed to give him first aid and he was immediately taken to the General Hospital, Epe where he was confirmed dead.
“An autopsy is expected to be carried out while burial arrangements will be announced by the family”.
“The late Deji Tinubu was the son of late Kafaru Tinubu, one of Nigeria’s foremost police officers. He is survived by an aged mother, Bintu Tinubu and wife, Yemisi.
“Tinubu was sworn in as Special Adviser on Sports and Chairman of the State’s Sports Commission on October 19, 2015.”