15 Shocking deaths of 2017


Moji Olaiya

Death is inevitable as all souls will surely taste it one day. It is indeed a very sad thing as you don’t get to see your loved ones who have been snatched by the cold hands of death.

In 2017, Nigeria lost quite a number of influential personalities including second republic Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme.

We bring you the 15 most shocking deaths in 2017.

1. Alex Ekwueme

Dr Alex Ekwueme

Dr Alex Ekwueme


Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, died in the on Sunday, November 19,
2017, at a London clinic after he was flown there for treatment.

Ekwueme who was Nigeria’s first elected Vice President served as former
President Shehu Shagari’s deputy on the platform of the National Party
of Nigeria [NPN] between 1979 and 1983.

Dr Ekwueme’s death was confirmed by his younger brother and traditional ruler of Oko community in Anambra State, HRH, Prof. Laz Ekwueme in a statement that read:

Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their
patriarch, the former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, GCON. The sad event occurred at The
London Clinic at 10:00 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017.

2. Bilyaminu Bello

Husband killer is the daughter of ex-ICPC board nominee 

Maryam Sanda and husband late Bilyaminu Bello


The death of Bilyaminu Bello, the son of former PDP Chairman, Haliru Bello, was very shocking going by the fact that he was murdered by his wife, Maryam Sanda after she allegedly found a text message on his phone purportedly sent to him by his mistress.

tragic marriage, according to Bello’s friends, had been dogged by
jealousy, bickerings, and possessiveness on the part of Sanda who was
said to be Bello’s second wife after he had divorced his first wife,
Amina Bala Shagari, two weeks after their marriage, to marry Sanda.

friend who penned a tribute to Bello said his family and friends had
repeatedly begged him to leave the marriage but he refused because of
their eight-months-old baby but in the end, he was stabbed to death by
his beloved wife.

3. Senator Isiaka Adeleke

Isiaka Adeleke

Isiaka Adeleke



Another shocking death
Nigerians witnessed in 2017 was that of Senator Isiaka Adeleke who was
the Senator senator representing Osun West.

who died at the age of 62, at a hospital in Osogbo, the state capital,
was said to have gone to a political meeting where he was allegedly

He was in the Senate for the
second time, having first represented Osun West between 2007 and 2011 on
the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

In 2014, after a failed governorship bid, he defected to the All Progressives Congress which sponsored him to contest the 2015 Osun West senatorial election which he won to earn a second time in the Senate.

Adeleke was the first elected Governor of Osun State in 1991 on the platform of the Social Democratic Party.

4. Jide Tinubu

Jide Tinubu

Jide Tinubu

(Nigerian Bulletin )


The death of Jide Tinubu, the first son of the National leader of the All Progressives Congress [APC], and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, took many by surprise.

fact, news of the ever-bubbling and intelligent young Tinubu came to
many as a great shock because he was full of life a few days before his
untimely demise in a London hospital.

Tinubu, a self-accomplished lawyer, reportedly died as a result of a
cardiac arrest on October 31, 2017, leaving behind a wife and three

According to the bereaved Sen. Tinubu, his son’s death was a reminder that ‘none of us knows when our last day shall be‘.

He added:

son was a highly intelligent person with a vibrant personality and a
zest for life. He followed his own course and made his own way on his
own terms.

Those who knew him
could not help but like him. Yet, he was taken away by cardiac arrest
when it seemed he had so much life to still live. This is a reminder
that we must live each day to its best as none of us knows when our last
day shall be

5. Ugo Ehiogu

Ugo Ehiogu 

Ugo Ehiogu

(Getty Images)

Ehiogu, a Nigeria-born ex-England international football player was
another star we lost in 2017 to cardiac arrest. Ehiogu, a former Tottenham and England defender, died on April 20, 2017, at the age 44.

Ehiogu reportedly suffered shock at the training ground of Tottenham Hotspur, where he was managing the U-23 team.

He played in the Premier League and had with lengthy spells at Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.

Ehiogu also played in the Football League for West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United and Sheffield United, as well as a spell in the Scottish Premier League with Rangers.

1993, playing for the England under-21 team, he became the first black
player to captain an England team in a competitive match.

6. Chukwuma Onuekwusi

Chukwuma Onuekwusi

Chukwuma Onuekwusi

(Channels TV)


The media world was not left
out as death struck when it snatched Chukwuma Onuekwusi, a popular
journalist with Channels Television.

Onuekwusi who was the State House Correspondent for Channels TV, died in the early hours of Tuesday, May 23, at an Abuja hospital after a prolonged illness.

to one of his colleagues who confirmed the sad news, Onuekwusi who was
55-years-old at the time of his death first fell sick in March and just
when many thought he could come out of it, he gave up the ghost.

7. Nengi Finecountry 

Nengi Finecountry 

Nengi Finecountry 

(Kemi Filani )


Ms Nengi Finecountry was another thoroughbred journalist whose death in May 2017, shook the media world to its very foundations.

Finecountry was one of African Independent Television [AIT] stand-out journalist who once won an Excellence Award for Malaria reporting.

The astute media professional and journalist par excellence was from the Bonny Kingdom in Rivers State.

8. Prophet D.A Samuel

Prophet D.A Samuel

Prophet D.A Samuel

(News Of The People )


Another shocking death that gripped Nigerians in 2017 was that of Prophet Dr Duromola Adedayo Samuel, the General Overseer of Christ Worshippers Church, Osubi, Warri, Delta State.

to a press statement issued by the church’s General Evangelist, Elder
Boro B. Ekotoro, the man of God was healthy and attended the Annual
Women Convention in the church and during his sermon, told the church to
pray because the hour had come as he had completed his mission.

the service, he reportedly ate with his pastors and they asked him
about his sermon and what he meant by the statement he made that the
hour had come. He was said to have asked them how many years Jesus spent
in His ministry.

And when someone said 33 years, the Prophet said his ministry was about 30 years and that he was also eating his last supper.

The following day, he slumped and was taken to the hospital where doctors certified him dead on arrival. 

9. Prof. Andrew Jonathan Nok

Andrew Jonathan Nok

Andrew Jonathan Nok


The brouhaha that erupted in Kaduna State following the decision of Gov. Nasir el-Rufai
to sack over 20,000 teachers who failed competency exams set for
primary four pupils was still raging when the state Commissioner for
Education, Science, and Technology, Prof. Andrew Jonathan Nok died

Nok, a Professor of
Biochemistry, died at the age of 55 in the early hours of Wednesday,
November 20, following a very brief illness.

world-renowned scientist had been down with an undisclosed ailment and
was on admission at an Abuja hospital until he was discharged a week
before his demise.

Before he was appointed Commissioner, Prof. Nok was the Dean of the Faculty of Science at the Ahmadu Bello University [ABU], Zaria.

2015, he was appointed Commissioner of Health and Human Services by
Gov. El-Rufai and was later moved to the Education Ministry following a
cabinet reshuffle.

10. Dr Orji Alwell

Orji Alwell

 Orji Alwell

(Nigeria Newspaper )


Another shocking death that
was witnessed in 2017 was that of a medical doctor, Dr Orji Alwell who
committed suicide after he jumped into the Lagos lagoon on the Third
Mainland Bridge.

Dr Allwell had jumped
into the into the lagoon on Sunday, March 19, 2017, while he was being
driven to a meeting on the Lagos Island by his driver.

He reportedly ordered his driver to pull over and came out of the vehicle only to jump into the lagoon at the Adekunle and Adeniji
end of the Third Mainland Bridge before he could be stopped. It was
later reported that he was suffering from severe depression.

Dr Orji, at the time of his death, was a consultant at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Surulere area of the state.

11. Obi Madubogwu

Obi Madubogwu

Obi Madubogwu


Nollywood, the popular
Nigerian movie industry, also witnessed some shocking deaths in 2015
with top actor, Obi Madubogwu, succumbing to the cold hands of death
after battling with acute diabetics and foot ulcers.

Madubogwu became popular for his role in the blockbuster movie, ‘Battle of Musanga’, where he played the lead role. He died on Monday, August 28, 2017.

months before he passed on, the actor and producer had thanked
Nigerians who helped him out financially, physically and spiritually,
urging them not to give up on him until he is back on his feet.

also urged them not to give up on him but to assist him to complete the
final stage of his treatment which entailed flying out to a US

His last cinematic outing was the 2015 movie ‘Grave Dust,’ which was produced by him and starred Ramsey Nouah, Joke Silva, and Joseph Benjamin.

12. Prince James Uche

Sick Prince James Uche faces eviction from residence.

Sick Prince James Uche faces eviction from residence.


veteran actor, Prince James Uche, also died in 2017 after a protracted
battle with diabetes and kidney ailment. He had been ill for eight years
and apart from the kidney issue, he had battled with high blood
pressure, diabetes, and other complications.

He gave up the ghost on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, two days before he was supposed to travel to India for surgery.

13 Moji Olaiya

Moji Olaiya

Moji Olaiya



The death of Nollywood star
actress, Moji Olaiya, also gave Nigerians a great shock when she kicked
the bucket two months after she gave birth to her daughter in Canada.

was said to have suffered from cardiac arrest before she died on  May
17. According to information, her baby was born prematurely as her EDD
was for May 2017 but complications arose that necessitated that she be
induced to save the baby’s life as well as hers.

But since the delivery in March, her health had not been exactly perfect as she suffered from high blood pressure.

the day she reportedly died, it was reported that she had gone into a
crisis as her blood pressure shot up and she became unconscious.

ambulance was called to transport her to the hospital but her case
worsened and she gave up the ghost before they could make it to the

Moji who was 42 at the time of her death, died almost exactly two years after her younger brother, Abidemi Olaiya, passed on.

14. Maitama Sule

Late Dr. Yusuf Maitama Sule

Late Dr. Yusuf Maitama Sule

(Daily Trust)


Dr Yusuf Maitama Sule, a former Minister for National Guidance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, died July 3, in a Cairo hospital where he had been flown for medical treatment.

Dr Sule a former Nigerian permanent representative to the United Nations, was an elder statesman known for his oratory and unifying tendencies.

Maitama Sule who had a great love for Nigeria was a presidential candidate of the National Party of Nigeria in 1979.

An acclaimed diplomat, he was made Minister for National Guidance by President Shehu Shagari in 1983 in the president’s bid to tackle corruption in government.

15. Ambassador Oluyemi Adeniji

Ex-Foreign minister Oluyemi Adeniji dies at 83

Former Minister of Foreign affairs, Ambassador Oluyemi Adeniji

(Sahara Reporters)

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Oluyemi Adeniji also joined his ancestors in 2017 as well, at the age of 83.

Ambassador Adeniji died in a London after a brief illness on Sunday, November 24.

was a great diplomat before his death and at one time, was the United
Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative for the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic [MINURCA] and Nigerian Ambassador to France for five years.

was appointed Foreign Affairs Minister by former President, Olusegun
Obasanjo. He served between July 2003 and June 2006, when he was moved
to head the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

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