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Update: Chief of Staff Abba Kyari is dead

The sad news was tweeted by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity to the President.



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The Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria, Abba Kyari is dead. The sad news was tweeted by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity to the President.

Abba Kyari contracted the deadly COVID-19 Virus and has been sick since it was reported earlier in March. He reportedly caught the virus on an official trip to the United Kingdom and Germany.

No other official information has been provided about the cause of death or where he died. However, in a tweet, the official spokesperson of the president Garba Shehu tweeted that “he had been receiving treatment after testing positive for COVID-19 but died on Friday, April 17, 2020” also announcing that funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.

READ ALSO: Coronavirus causes prices of Chinese products in Nigeria to soar

May his soul rest in peace.

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The news that Abba Kyari had tested positive for Covid-19 first broke out about 3 weeks ago, 10 days after he returned from an official trip to Germany during which he met with officials of Siemens in Munich to discuss on Nigeria’s electricity expansion programme.

Subsequently, Kyari personally confirmed the news in a statement which he issued on March 29, the same day President Muhammadu Buhari, made his first national broadcast on the coronavirus pandemic and the measures to be taken by the Federal Government to contain the spread and mitigate the impact.

Going further in his statement, he disclosed that he was going to be transferred to Lagos from Abuja for treatment and expressed the hope that he will soon recover and get back to work. Kyari said he felt well and didn’t exhibit any signs of the disease.

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Before his death, Mallam Abba Kyari, was one of President Buhari’s closest confidants. In fact, he was referred to in some quarters as the defacto president.

Kyari, who has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Warwick, UK, also has a bachelors and masters degrees in Law from University of Cambridge also in UK.

He was at various times Commissioner of Forestry and Animal Resources Borno State, Board Secretary of African International Bank Limited, Executive Director, Management Services, United Bank for Africa and later, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, United Bank for Africa.

He was appointed by President Buhari as his Chief of Staff in August 2015 and Later reappointed in 2019 after the president was reelected.

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  1. Professor Aigbedion Isaac

    April 18, 2020 at 1:28 am

    May his gentle soul rest in peace,Amen

  2. Professor Aigbedion Isaac

    April 18, 2020 at 1:30 am

    May his gentle soul rest in the bosom of the lord

  3. Tiamiyu Akande Muyideen

    April 18, 2020 at 5:38 am

    R I P

  4. Anonymous

    April 18, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    May his soul rest in peace

  5. Anonymous

    April 18, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    May Allah grant him to Paradise

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Breaking: CEO of BGL Securities Ltd, Albert Okumagba is dead

The death has been reported of Albert Okumagba, CEO of BGL Securities Limited.



The CEO of BGL Securities Limited, Albert Okumagba, has died. Nairametrics confirmed this via sources close to the deceased investment guru.

According to reliable sources who confirmed the unfortunate news to Nairametrics, he died in the morning of Thursday, November 19, 2020. It is unclear what may have killed him but it appears he may have died of a heart attack.

Until his demise, he was the CEO/Managing Director of BGL Plc, which he joined from Centre Point Merchant Bank, where he served as the Head of Merger and Acquisitions.

The late Okumagba is an alumnus of the prestigious University of Ibadan and University of Lagos, where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree respectively. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers.

It would be recalled that in 2015, Okumagaba was suspended from operating in the capital market by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) after BGL was found guilty of complaints made by various investors. The suspension was …to a life ban by the SEC following a final decision by its APC in 2017.

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Between 2014 and 2015, the Delta State-born economist and investment expert was the President of Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS), a not-for-profit professional institute providing training for professionals in stockbroking, securities and investment, fund and portfolio management, asset management, investment management, and other related fields.

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Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc announces the death of a Director

Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc has announced the death of one of its directors, Mr. Uzochukwu Odunukwe.



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Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc has announced the death of one of its directors, Mr. Uzochukwu Odunukwe. The disclosure was made through a letter, signed by the Bank’s secretary, Geoff Amagheronu and sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange market, as seen by Nairametrics.

What you should know

The late Mr. Uzochukwu was born on August 3, 1957 in Igbodo, Delta State, Nigeria and passed away on July 30, 2020 in the United States of America. He is an accomplished leader with multidisciplinary exposure and a successful track record in governance and strategic levels of management with over 20 years cognate experience. Until his death, Mr. Uzochukwu served as Independent Non-Executive Director of Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc since August 19, 2016.

What they are saying

Part of the press release by Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc read thus: “ABBEY MORTGAGE BANK PLC regrets to announce the death of one of its Directors-MR. UZOCHUKWU ODUNUKWE which sad event took place on Thursday, 30th July, 2020 in the United States of America.”

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Former Ghanaian President, Jerry Rawlings dies from COVID-19 complications

Jerry Rawlings, former Ghanaian military ruler and President has died.



Former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, has died from complications related to Coronavirus.

According to reports, Rawlings had been hospitalized at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for about a week, as a result of COVID-19, before his death on Thursday, November 12, 2020. He died at the age of 73.

READ: President Akufo-Addo of Ghana apologises to Nigeria, orders investigation

Rawlings, who served two terms as a democratically elected President of Ghana, led a military Junta until 1992. He was a military ruler, before joining politics. He ruled from 1981 to 2001.

He was born in Accra, Ghana on June 22, 1947, to a Ghanaian mother and a Scottish father.

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