died on Sunday at a viewing centre located at Lanlepe compound,
Oke-Sokori in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital during the quarter final
match of the African Cup of Nation between the Super Eagles of Nigeria
and the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire.
Owolabi, an Engineer with
Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Federal Ministry of Works in
Abeokuta was said to have been immediately rushed to a nearby clinic,
Success Medical Clinic where he was given a first aid before being
referred to another hospital (First Alpha).
He was said to have died on the way to First Alpha hospital also in Abeokuta.
The Super Eagles fan who died in Abeokuta on Sunday while watching Nigeria vs Ivory Coast match.
his death the medical Director of the Clinic, Sulaiman Kolawole told
Vanguard that Owolabi was already dead before he was brought to the
clinic and that all effort to rescue him hit the rock.
explaining the cause of his death, the Medical Director told our
correspondent that the incident was as a result of excessive intake of
carbondioxide which he said was persistent for a longer period of time
before resulting to what he called anoxia.
“Immediately the boy
was brought, he was brought dead, from what I learnt, I was told by a
close friend that he had a fatal accident about two months ago and he
was treated and managed.
“It supposed to be an heart attack,
because the way I saw him, he looked weak, he doesn’t look agile and
healthy, he looked like some who has been sick for a very long period of
time, he looked like someone who is managing his life and now facing a
lot of crowd with shortage of oxygen in that area, we call it anoxia,
excessive intake of carbondioxide persistently for a longer period of
time but it was late before he was brought here,” he said.
Vanguard visited the viewing centre Monday, it was observed that, the
ramshackle wooden place had a very small window from where ventilation
only enters and the place was said to be containing about hundred
An eye witness told Vanguard that late Owolabi who
was married with two children couldn’t control himself when Victor
Moses missed a very good chance resulting in his collapse.
neighbour of the deceased who was also at the viewing center when the
incident happened, Taiwo Adebayo narrated that it was like a cardiac
arrest adding that he started foaming when he fell on ground.
disagreed with the Medial Director of Success Medical Clinic saying
that Owolabi was immediately rescued and taken to the clinic alive. He
added that the Doctor was not available on getting to the hospital.
He said the deceased later died on the way to another hospital where he was referred to.
were together when the match started, when Moses played a shot on
target and it was deflected off by another opposing player, it was that
time that he fell on someone’s laps as is if he suffered from cardiac
arrest and he started foaming.
“I grabbed him immediately and
rushed him to the hospital when we got to success hospital, the Doctor
was not available and the nurses tried giving him first aid when the
doctor was contacted, then he was still breathing.
doctor came, he checked him and immediately referred him to another
hospital (First Alpha), on the way going, the gear of the vehicle got
damaged and we secured a taxi after some minutes.
“When we got
the hospital, the Doctor confirmed him dead. We went to his father at
Kugba area in Abeokuta and the man gave a go ahead for his burial,” he
Adebayo described Owolabi as a very jovial person who,
according to him, will always be noticed where ever he is because of his
attitude to people.
Owolabi’s widow, Mrs Tawakalitu Temilola
Ismail was still in shock when our correspondent visited her at the
family’s flat in Abeokuta.
She described the incident as a dream
adding that her late husband was busy wandering around the area with a
close friend for hours before the mach later started.
She hinted that he later husband left behind aged parents who are in their 80s.
was involved in an accident about two months ago, the accident was
fatal and he survived it, but this incident was like a dream but we give
thanks to Almighty Allah,” she hinted in a very low voice.