Monday, 29 September 2014


-The Tragic Story of How She Slipped Into Coma, and Never Recovered
-Couple To Be Buried This Week

Exactly ten days after the death of Otunba Lekan Abass, the Ibadan based socialite and businessman, his wife, Folake has also died. Her death occurred on Friday, 26 September, 2014. She was in her early 40's. Since the news of her death broke out, the entire Ibadan community has been enveloped in palpable sorrow.

It will be recalled that Abass had died after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday, 16 September 2014. The circumstances that led to his suffering an heart attack and eventual death is equally tragic. It was gathered that Folake was scheduled to undergone a fibroid surgery at the University of Ibadan Teaching Hospital, UCH. Sources

disclosed that shortly before the surgery, the doctors found out that Folake had Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot). The blood clot had spiraled down to her heart, and the implication of this was that, the surgery could not be performed on her. Invariably, she was reported to have been given some drugs. Unfortunately, the drugs had an adverse effect on her, as they broke the clot into pieces, thus causing her to slip into coma.

Sources disclosed to The ELITES that Folake was in Coma for over two weeks, and she was on life support machine at the hospital. Her condition was reported to taken its toll on her husband, Lekan as he became worried and wearied with the thoughts that Folake might not come out of her comatose state.

When the doctors observed that the chances of Folake coming of out of Coma were very slim, they were reported to have informed her family members of the next line of action to take. This announcement was said to have prompted Folake's sister to go into a state of panic. It was in this panic state that she reportedly called Lekan and informed him of the development.

The ELITES gathered that Abass was hanging out with some friends at Davies Hotel, Old Bodija, when he received the call from Folake's sister, summoning him to the hospital. Gripped with panic, Abass jumped into his car and headed for the hospital. Three of his friends were said to have joined him as well. It was while the group was midway to the hospital that one of Abass' friends, Nekan noticed the abnormal way he was heaving and breathing. Before the other passengers could caution Abass, they noticed that his legs had gone stiff. This resulted in the car, swerving from one end of the road to the other. The car suddenly stopped when it crashed into the wall of a building, housing the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG church.

Sadly though, Lekan Abass died before he could be taken to the hospital. Those who saw his body before it was wheeled into the mortuary, claimed that the magnitude of the stroke must have been a massive one.

The tragic death of Lekan and Folake Abass has left many people numb with shock and sorrow. Governor Ajimobi, who just returned from an official trip abroad, has become inconsolable ever since the tragic incident occurred.

A very successful businessman, with vested interest in property and real estate, Abass was the closest person to Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State. A filial bond existed between the two men, and so tight was the bond, that most people in the state, regarded Abass as the defacto deputy-governor of the state. Abass had Ajimobi's ears on every issue. Most top government officials were known to have solicited for his assistance whenever they needed favor from the governor. The ELITES gathered that Abass was one of the few people who stood by Ajimobi, in some of his most trying moments. Also, it is a known fact that it was Abass that facilitated the allocation of contracts to many notable Big Boys, both in Ibadan and Lagos. Notable among some of his close friends are Reuben Famuyibo, Gbenga Obembe, Lekan Oshifeso, Goddy Mekweye (Vivid Imagination), Andre Olajide, Bashy Kuti, Noah Oyenehin, Tayo Alakiu and many others.

Described as very sociable and stylish, Abass was a favorite among many ladies. His first marriage, which produced a boy Juwon, crashed in 2007. Just last July, Juwon had made his father proud when he emerged as the best graduating student from Babcock University, from where he bagged a degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering.

Sources disclosed that Lekan's decision to get married again was fueled by Governor Ajimobi. It was gathered that Ajimobi had pressured him to take that decision because he wanted him to have a settled life. So, in January 2013, Abass had got married, for the second time, to Folake, a senior manager at Guarantee Trust Bank, GT Bank. The wedding ceremony, which took place in Lagos, had King Sunny Ade on the bandstand, and it was graced by Governor Ajimobi, his wife, Florence and many prominent dignitaries.

Ironically too, Folake who was in her early 40's, was once married. The marriage, which didn't produce a child, ended when her husband died in a car crash on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway some years back.

The ELITES gathered that the couple would be buried this week. While Lekan will be buried on Thursday, 2 October, his wife will be buried the following day, Friday, 3 October. Sources disclosed that Folake's parents have respected that she be buried in accordance the faith, which she practiced during her lifetime.

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