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JUST IN: Sanwo-Olu’s deputy chief of staff dies after brief illness

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Deputy Chief of Staff to the Lagos State Governor, Gboyega Soyannwo, has been reported dead after a brief illness.

Soyanwo, who celebrated his 55th birthday last October, was reported to have slumped yesterday and was rushed to hospital immediately.

He was pronounced dead by medical experts on Wednesday at a hospital where the former Deputy Chief of Staff was rushed to after he slumped.

It was learnt that the deceased, who had been with the governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, since his first term in 2019, had over the weekend suffered partial stroke.

Sources at the office of the governor disclosed that his death has disrupted activities after news on Soyannwo’s death filtered in.

Many of the staff, according to the source, could not hide their expression after the Chief Of Staff, Tayo Ayinde, broke the news to the governor.

Soyannwo was born on 3rd October 1968 and had his primary education at the Corona School Victoria Island, Lagos from 1974-1980 and his secondary education at the prestigious Kings College, Lagos from 1980-1985.

He thereafter proceeded to the Federal School of Arts & Science for his A-Levels which he successfully completed in 1987. He thereafter sought and was granted admission into the University of Lagos from where he graduated in 1992 earning a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Hons.) Degree in Economics.

Soyannwo also holds an MBA (General Management) from the revered Lagos Business School.

Soyannwo started his career at the Central Bank of Nigeria in 1992 as a Youth Corp member. He subsequently worked in the following institutions where he served in various capacities: Financial Services Consultants Limited, STACO Insurance Plc., National Bank Of Nigeria Limited (now WEMA Bank Plc). Zenith Bank Plc. and Oceanic Bank International Plc (now Eco Bank Plc.), where he left in December 2009 as the Group Head – Commercial Banking to join the First Class Group Limited as Director, Finance and Strategy.

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