Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday cancelled the three-day strategic Retreat for cabinet members and directors of ministries taking place in Epe.
The retreat which began on Thursday was scheduled to end tonight.
The governor told participants that the retreat would not continue following the shocking death of his Special Adviser on Commerce and Industry, Mr. Deji Tinubu.
Tinubu died Thursday night during a five-aside novelty match at the venue of the retreat in Epe.
The government in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, expressed “shock and disbelief” over the sudden death of Tinubu and has reached out to his immediate family to commiserate with them on the incident.
“We are still in shock. All of us at the State Executive Council are in disbelief. He was a good and committed patriot who brought his passion to his job. He was a gentleman who maintained excellent team spirit. We shall miss him,” the commissioner said.
Bamigbetan said the late soccer fan slumped while playing a five aside match with fellow participants at the ongoing retreat of members of the state executive council and permanent secretaries at the Jubilee Chalets, Epe.
Doctors and nurses rushed to give him first aid and he was immediately taken to the General Hospital, Epe, where he was confirmed dead.
An autopsy will be carried out while burial arrangements will be announced by the family.
The deceased was the son of late Kafaru Tinubu, one of Nigeria’s foremost police officers.
He is survived by an aged mother, Bintu Tinubu and wife, Yemisi.
Tinubu was sworn in as Special Adviser on Sports and Chairman of the State’s Sports Commission on October 19, 2015.
He took up his new portfolio recently.