The Lagos State Government has explained that frantic efforts were made by medical doctors to save Deji Tinubu, the special adviser to the state governor on Commerce, Industry and Cooperative.
Tinubu, who before the last appointment had also been the special adviser on sports and chairman of the Lagos State Sports Council slumped and died while featuring in a five-a-side novelty match with fellow participants at the Lagos cabinet members retreat at the Jubilee Chalets in Epe.
According to the Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Kehinde Bamgbetan, doctors and nurses rushed to give Deji Tinubu first aid and he was immediately taken to the General Hospital, Epe where he was confirmed dead.
“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.
An autopsy is expected to be carried out while burial arrangements will be announced by the family. Tinubu was sworn in as Special Adviser on Sports and Chairman of the State’s Sports Commission on October 19, 2015.
He was recently moved to take up his new portfolio. 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.