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Monday, 29 January 2018

Okpekpe Race Organiser Mourns as Deji Tinubu Goes Home Tomorrow


Pamodzi Sports Marketing company,organisers of the first International Association of
Athletics Federations (IAAF) label road race in Nigeria nay West Africa has expressed shock
and disbelief on the death of Deji Tinubu, former Chairman of Lagos state Sports Commission
who also served as the Senior Special Assistant on Sports to His Excellency, Akinwunmi Ambode.

Tinubu slumped and died last Thursday during a novelty football match in Epe at the age of 52.

”In this sorrowful time, I would like to extend to Governor Ambode, staff and members of
Lagos State Sports Commission and indeed all sports loving Lagosians my heartfelt
condolences,’said Mike Itemuagbor, chief executive officer of Pamodzi Sports Marketing who
revealed the late Tinubu was a great friend of the Okpekpe international 10km road race
family, seeking advice when and where necessary because of the status of the race as the
first to be internationally recognised in Nigeria and offerring one as an astute, thoroughbred professional sports administrator.

”The Okpekpe road race family have indeed lost a great friend, but we are consoled by the fact that he left his footsprints on the sands of time. Like the saying goes, a person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for he is still alive in our hearts, through us, he lives on. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with his young wife and two children. May God grant him eternal rest.

Funeral rites for the late Tinubu began Sunday morning with Islamic prayersat his residence at Isiola Oyekan close, off Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. It was followed in the evening at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun stadium, Surulere by a candle light procession and night of tributes organised by the Lagos state sports commission and the sports family. The rites will continue today with service of songs at the Redeem Christian Church of Gog (RCCG), City of David, Victoria Island, Lagos at 5.00pm while there will be lying-in-state at the same venue at 9.30am on Tuesday with the funeral service at 10.00am also at the same venue.

Tinubu will be committed to mother earth immediately at the funeral service at the Vauilts and Gardens, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Until his death the late Tinubu was the Special Adviser on Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives to Gov. Ambode.

The Nation

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