July 2020 remains a notable month for the families of not less than 13 prominent Nigerians who were snatched by the cold hands of death.
Within those 31 days of the month, Nigeria lost its first female combatant helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile; an associate of President Muhammadu Buhari, Isa Funtua; and two former ministers, Sam Momah and Abdulganiyu AbdulRazaq.
Others are state officials, journalists and party chieftains.
While some of them died of COVID-19, some died of undisclosed ailments, while the cause of some could not be ascertained. Only Ms Arotile was involved in an accident that claimed her life.
PREMIUM TIMES, however, reviews the profile of these prominent people and the circumstances surrounding their demise
Chief of Staff to Borno Governor
Babagana Wakil, the chief of staff to Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, died on July 1.
The Guardian gathered that the death might not be unconnected with high blood pressure and ulcer, which he had been managing for some time.
The last official engagement of the late Wakil was on June 1, 2020, when he represented Zulum at the foundation-laying ceremony of Army Referral Hospital.
Ondo Health Commissioner
The commissioner for health in Ondo State, Wahab Adegbenro, died on July 2.
Multiple sources in the government house told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr Adegbenro died at the state’s infectious disease hospital on Thursday.
The late health commissioner was born on June 5, 1955, at Ilara-mokin in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State where he had his primary education.
He later attended Oyemekun Grammar School, Akure between 1962 and 1967, before proceeding to the University of Benin, in Edo to bag Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B; B.S).
He was a member of the Nigeria Medical Association; member of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria; Associate Member, Royal College of General Practitioners of London; and member of Nigeria Guild of Medical Directors.
APC former Chieftain
On July 6, a former national vice-chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Inuwa Abdulkadir, died.