Ajimobi, Akindele, Ogun Majek, 5 Other Prominent Oyo Men Who Died In June

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    In a statement to mourn the death of the Parokayi of Ibadan, Chief Bode Akindele, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, who expressed worry over “the persistent cases of deaths of Ibadan elders in recent times”, called on all Clerics and spiritual leaders irrespective of their affliations to intercede for the well-being of the citizens.
    In this report, OYOINSIGHT.COM takes a look at eleven top Oyo indigenes who lost their lives in the month of June.
    Samuel Farinu
    Chief Samuel Farinu, a former Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Oyo State, died on the 3rd of June.
    He was 93.
    He was, until his death, a leader of the Progressive family in the APC.
    Reacting to the death of the Oyo-born politician, the Senator representing Oyo Central at the National Assembly, Teslim Folarin described him as an “extremely loyal, committed, dedicated and thoroughbred progressive.”
    Salahudeen Adelere
    Salahudeen Adelere, another APC Chieftain, died on the 4th of June.
    He was a Second Republic lawmaker who represented Iseyin state constituency in the old Oyo State House of Assembly under the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN).
    He was also, until his demise, a political leader from Oke-Ogun axis of the state.
    S.M. Akindele
    A Progressive Politician, Grassroot Mobilizer, and Awoist, Chief Solomon Mojereola Akindele died on the 14th of June.
    He was until his death, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo central senatorial district.
    His death threw the APC in Oyo State into mourning because it came some days after they lost another elder, Chief Farinu.
    Reacting to his death, the Deputy National Chairman of the APC, Abiola Ajimobi (who later died in June) described Akindele as a “progressive to the core who remained active and never wavered in his progressives ideology.”
    Olu Akinkugbe
    Foremost Nigerian professor of Medicine at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, Oyo State, Olu Akinkugbe died on 15th of June.
    He died in the ancient city of Ibadan at the age of 86.
    He was, before his death, the Chairman of the Board of Management of University College Hospital, Ibadan, and one-time Chairman of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
    He served as Pro-Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt; former Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria; former Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin; and former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ibadan.
    Before hanging the stethoscope, Akinkugbe practised medicine for 60 years during which he pioneered the establishment of two critical clinics, one in hypertension and the other in renal disorders at the UCH, Ibadan. Both clinics were firsts in Africa.
    Ogun Majek
    Ibadan-based Nollywood actor, Gbolagade Akinpelu died on the 25th of June.
    He died from an heart disease he battled for almost eight months at his Imalefalafia, Oke-Ado, Ibadan home.
    Popularly known as Ogun Majek, he started acting in 1963.
    He participated in various movies foremost among which is Afonja and Ogbori Elemoso.
    Abiola Ajimobi
    The Immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi died on the 25th of June.
    He was 70.
    He died in Lagos after a ‘multiple internal organ failure’ caused by caused by COVID-19 complications.
    He Governed Oyo State between 2011 and 2019 but before then he represented Oyo South senatorial district at the National Assembly between 2003 and 2007.
    Until his death, he was the Acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress.
    He was survived by a wife, Florence Ajimobi and five children.
    Gani Alagbon
    Alhaji Ganiyu Adekunle Alagbon died on the 28th of June.
    He was 88.
    He died at Baptist Hospital, Ogbomoso, while receiving medical attention.
    He was the Balogun Baale-Agbe of Oyo state before his death.
    His remains was interred the day he died according to Islamic rites, at his Oyo residence.
    Bode Akindele
    Foremost Industrialist, Philantropist, Chief Bode Akindele died at his Apapa home in Lagos on the 29th of June.
    He was 88.

    From Europe to America; Asia to Africa and Ibadan where he was born, Bode Akindele’s business interests cut across the maritime, properties, agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

    With an estimated wealth of $1.19 billion, according to The Daily Telegraph, Chief Akindele controls one-third of the world match market.
    Chief Akindele’s business empire operates under the name Modandola Group Of Companies, named after his mother, which translates to ‘God, if you give me the wealth, give me a child that can take care of it.’
    Until his death, he was the Parokoyi of Ibadan land.
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