Naira Pools Boss Dies


The Chairman of Naira Pools Nigeria Limited, Otunba Ezekiel Agbolade Modupe Badero is dead. He died in London at 71.

reliably gathered that the pools magnate and top socialite died in one of his London homes in the early hours of yesterday in the hands of one of his wives, Modupe and some of his children.

According to a family source, the chairman of Naira International Hotels Limited, Ijebu-Igbo woke up around 4 a.m yesterday to complain of acute chest pains and his children quickly applied a balm on the chest.

Chief Badero was reported to have at about 5 a.m, as his wife and children battled frantically to soothe his pains, while awaiting the arrival of a doctor they had called on phone. He was later confirmed dead.

According to our source, the late pools promoter was hale and hearty until he went to bed on Saturday night, after he had a long telephone conversation with the Managing Director of Naira Pools, Mr. W.A. Badmus.

They were said to have discussed about the N2 million winnings by pools stakers on their promotion which he approved to be paid by yesterday.

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Sir Badero, who celebrated his 70th birthday on Sunday 27 September, 2009 elaborately in his home town, Ijebu-Igbo was said to have acted like somebody who had a premonition of his death.

According to a family source, “Otunba Badero seemed to have the promotion of his death as he recently embarked on the tour of all the countries where his children are based, visiting them one after the other. He never did so in the past.

“He also took nine of his children abroad in one day, resettling them in Europe and the United States of America. He also decided to take a long vacation in London with the plan of returning to Nigeria in August to prepare for his 71st birthday celebration in September,” the source disclosed.

The Balogun, Onigbagbo of Ijebuland is survived by wives and several children, grand children and great grandchildren.

further gathered that the Badero family has commenced plans to bring his remains to Nigeria for burial.

—Jide Osokoya

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