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Veteran Sports Journalist's Death: Late Akinloye Oyebanji I'll Be Remembered For His Contributions To Sports Writing In Nigeria – KWARA GOVERNOR

LATE AKINLOYE OYEBANJI 

BY FRANCIS IWUCHUKWU, LAGOS 

The governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Saturday said the late eminent sports journalist, Akinloye Oyebanji will not be forgotten for his contribution(s) towards  sports writing in Nigeria.

The governor in a statement issued through his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, also expressed sadness over the death of veteran sportscaster, Oyebanji, aged 62 years.

According to the governor, “We commiserate with the family, colleagues, friends and the NTA where the veteran journalist served for 35 years in various capacity.

“The late journalist would be remembered for his contributions to sports writing in the country.

"The Governor prays the Almighty God to grant him eternal rest and comfort the family."

It would be recalled that news had filtered into the air that the retired Director of the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, had died at the age 62 at the National Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria, on Saturday morning after protracted battle with heart failure.

To confirm the incident, Bukoye Oyebanji and Dr. Steve Olarinoye, a family member and close friend respectively explained that Oyebanji had been ill for almost four months and the family had spent millions of naira to save his life without any improvement.

The late Oyebanji had served the NTA for 35 years in different capacities, including being a sports broadcaster, and later as General Manager (Sports).

The popular sports journalist retired as Managing Director, MD, of NTA Properties at the authority’s headquarters in Abuja.

He is survived by four children and a wife.

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