ROW OVER CURIOUS DEATH OF ABIODUN AZEEZ OBE IN PRETORIA

ROW OVER CURIOUS DEATH OF ABIODUN AZEEZ OBE IN PRETORIA

Who killed Abiodun Azeez Obe? Did he die of poison and who are the masterminds? These are the posers being asked by the family members of the 38-year-old ex-footballer and indigene of Lagos State, who allegedly died of poison on April 6, 2018, in Pretoria, South Africa.

The bereaved family members of the deceased urged the South African High Commission in Nigeria to ask the Home Affairs authorities in the country to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of Obe popularly called Shearer.

The late Obe was allegedly poisoned by unidentified persons and spent a few days in a public hospital in Pretoria, where he died on April 6, 2018.

Obe, who started his career as a goalkeeper at the Ile Pako field on Amoo Street in Oke Koto area of Agege, Lagos State, had briefly played in Russia, a few years ago before traveling to South Africa to further his soccer career.

He was said to have been forced into retirement by injuries after a short spell with a local football team in South Africa, and subsequently worked as a bouncer in a nightclub called Blue Roof, in Pretoria.

Speaking with The Nation, the spokesman of his bereaved family, Mr. Tunde Ojelade, urged concerned authorities including the Nigeria High Commission and the South African authorities to investigate and unravel the circumstances surrounding Obe’s death.

”He was my brother and lived with me before his sojourn abroad. I spoke with him a week before his controversial death. As a concerned family, we suspect a foul play in the poison story surrounding his death, hence, we are calling on the Nigerian High Commission and the Home Affairs Ministry in South Africa to unravel the mystery surrounding our son’s death.

” Our position is based on the fact that he had complained about the unpleasant attitude of unnamed colleagues in his place of work and their treachery against him lately. He told me on several occasions how some of his associates plotted against him and his miraculous victory over their plots. ”We have no doubt that his death was beyond the ordinary based on what we have heard about the circumstances surrounding his last few days on earth. His 10-year-old son called Ganiyu from his previous relationship with a lady is still with us in Nigeria and the news of his death has devastated his mother who has since returned to Nigeria from the United States of America(USA).”

It was learned that Obe’s mother was making arrangements for him to join her in the US following the abrupt end of his soccer career and his recourse to employment in a hotel to earn a living.

In a telephone interview with our correspondent, a close associate of the deceased, who asked not to be named said Obe confessed to having been poisoned but did not disclose the masterminds before his death.

She said: ” I was the one that took him to a public hospital in Pretoria on Tuesday, April 3 after his condition worsened. He was looking pale, weak and his face was swollen, he managed to tell me that he was poisoned. He could not, however, reveal where he was poisoned and those responsible for it.

”Doctors at the hospital confirmed that he was actually poisoned and that he would have been neutralized of the poisonous substance if he came to the hospital early. Unfortunately, he kept the problem to himself for over two weeks and indulged in self-medication until his condition worsened.

”The last time I visited him in the hospital was on Thursday, April 5 and his condition was precarious; he was in a diaper because of frequent stooling. On Friday April 6, I went to Johannesburg to buy some goods and it was while I was in Johannesburg that a call came from the hospital asking me to come over immediately. I got to the hospital around 4pm only to be told that he died in the morning of the day. We could not collect his body for burial until Monday April 9.

She added: ”He was such a nice and easy going person and we were very close. He used to have a Malawian wife who had a set of twins with him, but I don’t know the was such an unassuming person; until his death, he worked as a bouncer at Blue Roof Night Club in the Central area of Pretoria.

”A lot of strange things have been happening in this country lately and Nigerians have been surviving by Providence. A number of people especially Nigerians have been poisoned by the locals; there is a case of a Nigerian lady who works as a nurse in a hospital here who was poisoned through food the following day after she was promoted. She was rushed to a hospital for treatment and it was just God that saved her from untimely death because doctors said she would have died if she did not come to the seek treatment within 72 hours after she ate the poisonous substance.

Describing the deceased as humble and hardworking, one of his childhood friends, identified simply as Roland said: ” Shearer (Obe) was very warm, humble and hardworking. We were childhood friends and was never for once sick when he was in Nigeria. He finished from Anwar-Ul-Islam Model College, Agege, Lagos and we started our football career at the popular Ile Pako field at Oke Koto, Agege; he was a goal keeper and had played with a local side in Russia briefly and returned to Nigeria when he lost his football contract. He left for South Africa to continue his soccer career but an injury crashed his football career a few years ago, hence, he started working in a hotel.”

Kunle AKINRINADE / The Nation

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