By Megito Audu
The management of Fresh FM has disclosed that the late Journalist, David Ajiboye who until his death few days ago was the General Manager, Fresh FM, Ado Ekiti, died of Covid-19 complications, reports The Gazelle News.com.
This was revealed in a press statement signed by Samson Akindele on behalf of the FreshFM management.
The statement reads:
“Sequel to the public notice we made on Monday August 9, 2021 to announce the sudden death of our Station Manager at Fresh 106.9 FM, Adó – Èkìtì, Mr. David Ajíbóyè, we hereby notify the general public that our man has been confirmed to have died from Covid-19 complications.
“The real cause of the death has been made known by the Virology Department, University of Ibadan (UI), in the University Teaching Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
“His body samples were sent by the private hospital in Ibadan where David breathed his last and the outcome of the result confirmed that he was COVID-19 positive.
“Earlier, David Ajíbóyè had been coughing with chest pains all through the last week in Adó-Èkìtì.
“Preliminary medical care offered to him at four different private hospitals in Adó-Èkìtì did not assuage his conditions, even though the initial Covid-19 test conducted on the samples obtained from him at a government-accredited facility in Adó-Èkìtì came out negative.
“To avail him better care and medical services, he arrived in Ibadan on Sunday August 8, 2021 and was admitted into a private hospital where he gave up the ghost shortly after a new set of medical treatments began.
POST DEATH ACTIONS ACCORDING TO NIGERIA’S COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
Right now, contact-tracing has commenced, as being carried out by the Covid-19 Taskforces in Èkìtì and Ọ̀yọ́ states. This process was kick-started this morning (August 12, 2021) from our station, Fresh 106.9 FM, Adó-Èkìtì, with every staff member being tested.
At the Ibadan end, testing and contact tracing are also ongoing from the hospital that received the late Ajíbóyè alive, the morgue attendants that received his body and members of his immediate and extended family who visited him at the holding hospital before his death.
In obedience to Nigeria’s Covid-19 protocols, the burial of our departed colleague would be done immediately without any ceremony or gathering. Therefore, the interment would be handled by the Covid-19 Taskforce as a private affair.
We ask for understanding from members of the public at this traumatic period as we mourn the passing of our friend and colleague. Your understanding and prayers will be highly appreciated”.
Earlier on Monday, 9 August, the management of the organisation founded and owned by popular Tungba crooner, Yinka Ayefele had issued a statement signed by Samson Akindele that the deceased died after a brief illness.
That particular statement reads:
With heavy heart, the Management and Staff of Fresh FM Nigeria and Merry Makers Band, announce the sudden and sad demise of our Station Manager at Fresh 106.9 FM, Ado Ekiti, Mr. David Ajiboye.
Mr. Ajiboye died this Sunday (August 8, 2021) evening at an Ibadan-based hospital after a brief illness which lasted for a few days.
Mr. Ajiboye was a foundation member of the music arm of Yinka Ayefele Limited as the Publicist to Dr. Yinka Ayefele and the Merry Makers Band.
He was a prominent person who assisted Dr. Yinka Ayefele as a partner and later as a management staff member of Fresh 105.9 FM, Ibadan from the ideation period to fruition in 2015.
We are indeed devastated by this sad event which has also affected our operations. Kind bear with us at this trying time”.