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Lagos council boss dies

Chairman of Ikosi Isheri Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos State, Engineer Abdul Fatai Oyesanya, yesterday passed on after a brief illness. Oyesanya, who was in his early 60s, died in the early hours of yesterday at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja. He was buried yesterday at Ijebu Ode according to Islamic rites.

In a statement by the Head, Public Affairs Unit, Ikosi-Isheri LCDA, Rabiu Hassan, the deceased was described as a good man who brought development to the area while praying to God to grant him eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

“Before his death, Oyesanya constructed an ultra modern office complex at the council secretariat. The new office complex had reached 95 per cent completion stage and according to his plan, the building was slated for commissioning in the first quarter of 2020,” Hassan said.

Meanwhile, a community leader in the council, who preferred anonymity, described the death of Oyesanya, saying, “he has been battling with an undisclosed illness since December last year before he finally succumbed to the cold hands of death.

“Before his illness, there had been some wrangling between the council and the Ketu market. No one fights that market without paying for it as the market has a record of dealing with people when it comes to its sale or redevelopment.”

In his reaction, the chairman of Oshodi-Isolo local government area, Idris Bolaji Muse Ariyoh, has commiserated with the people and communities of Ikosi-Isheri. In a condolence message signed by the Special Assistant to the chairman on media, Kabiru Gbadamosi, Ariyoh described the death as a shock and the deceased a great leader whose fatherly figure would be missed by all especially the Conference 57 Chairmen of Lagos.

Oyesanya, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was first elected chairman of Ikosi Isheri LCDA in 2011 and was reelected in 2017.

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