Libreville, August 04, 2015, (Blank NEWS Online) – From Sunday Ikuesan, Gabon Correspondent
A Nigerian diplomat attached to the Embassy of Nigeria in Gabon is dead. The Delta State born James Oguntoye ALA was until his death the accountant of Nigerian Embassy in Gabon. He died on Tuesday 28th of July after a brief illness. His death was a great shock to his colleagues and other staff of the embassy and Nigerian residents in Gabon because nobody noticed any health challenge on him. According to one of the embassy’s staff who spoke in anonymous to our reporters “Mr James Oguntoye ALA was in office on Monday 27th of July and he looked very healthy until the close hour”. He has no signs of illness.
It was authentically gathered that his illness began at about 4 o’clock in the morning of Tuesday, and his wife immediately called on one private clinic in Libreville, ‘Clinique Medex’ for medical assistance. One of the clinic personnel who affirm to our reporter said: “Mrs ALA called us at 4 a.m. to announce the health complication of her husband, we responded immediately and took him to our clinic for observation but we realized that his blood pressure was too high, and his breathing was also abnormal so we rushed him to El-Rapha hospital for intensive treatment but unfortunately he died at 5 a.m.” Mr James Oguntoye ALA is said to have died of heart failure.
The death of Mr James Oguntoye ALA left the Nigerian diplomatic community in Gabon in a pathetic situation. Everybody was confused, and no one can really say anything concerning the incidence. The sad feeling was shared among all. The Ambassador of Nigeria in Gabon, Ambassador Bassey ARCHIBONG who was on his way to U.S. for his annual leave has to make a U-turn back to Gabon when the news was broken to him, it gathered. He told our reporters that he was already in South Africa on the day of the incidence.
Condolence register is already opened and being signed by friends and loved ones pending the repatriation of the remains of Mr James Oguntoye ALA. The ambassador affirms “every necessary arrangement is on ground to send the body home”. His wife is also being assisted by the embassy staff daily.
*Sunday Ikuesan is Blank NEWS Online Gabon correspondent.
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