Nigerian veteran sports journalist and retired Director Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Akinloye Oyebanj, died today, July 27 at the National Hospital, Abuja, after protracted battling with heart failure.
His family confirmed to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Oyebanji, 62, had been ill, according a family member, Bukoye Oyebanji and a close friend, Dr Steve Olarinoye, for almost four months now and the family had spent millions of naira to save his life without any improvement.
They said that some time ago, he had the misfortune of losing his kidneys, and they were replaced successfully through a transplant in India.
“But one of the side effects of kidney transplant is heart failure, which he had experienced on two occasions and survived.”
NAN reports that Oyebanji served the NTA for 35 years in different capacities, including being a sports broadcaster, and later as General Manager (Sports).
He retired as Managing Director of NTA Properties at the authority’s headquarters in Abuja.
Oyebanji, who hailed from Kwara, is survived by four children and a wife.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sorrow at the death Akinloye Oyebanji, who he said was very good at his art, and would be sorely missed by the sporting community.
The President, who condoled with Oyebanji’s family, friends and colleagues, particularly at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), acknowledged that he made his mark as a sportscaster.