Veteran Sports Journalist Dies At 62

Veteran Sports Journalist Dies At 62

Akinloye Oyebanji (Image: NAN)

Veteran sports journalist and retired Director of Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Akinloye Oyebanji was confirmed dead on Saturday morning at the National Hospital, Abuja.

Akinloye Oyebanji died at age 62 after a protracted battle with heart failure, according to his family.

It was gathered that Oyebanji had been ill for almost four months now and the family had spent millions of naira to save his life without any improvement.

The family members disclosed that the veteran journalist has 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.”

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.

Mr Oyebanji, who hailed from Kwara, is survived by four children and a wife.

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