Tuesday, May 22, 2012
UNILAG Lecturer Dies Watching Champions League Finals
A lecturer in the Creative Arts
Department of the University of Lagos,
Chief E.A Bassey, died on Saturday
evening while watching the finals of the
2012 European Championship between
Chelsea and Bayern Munich in his house
His death came one week after the
university lost its Vice-Chancellor, Prof.
Tokunbo Sofoluwe, who died of cardiac
arrest on May 12.
Though university source said he died
of heart-related ailment, a source in the
department who pleaded anonymity,
said he died while watching the football
finals which Chelsea won 4-3 on
“He started watching the match in his
departmental office but later, he left the
office for his quarters on campus where
he continued watching the tension-
soaked match. During the match, he
complained of heat from within and
asked that the fan be directed at him.
“Those who were watching the match
with him did, but later, he said he
wanted to go to the toilet and it was in
the process of going to the toilet that he
slumped and later died,” the source said.
Though efforts to get the comment of
the Deputy Registrar, Information and
Protocol, Mr. Dare Seth, failed, a senior
member of staff in the Information Unit
of the institution, who pleaded not to be
named because he was not authorised
to speak to the press, confirmed
“Yes, it is true that Chief Bassey is dead,”
Asked whether the deceased was a fan
of any of the two clubs, the source said
he did not know. “But what I know is
that he started watching the match in
his office before he left for his official
quarters where he was said to have
slumped,” the source said.
A student of the institution, Mr. Tosin
Adesile, expressed shock at the death of
the lecturer, wondering why another
lecturer should die a week after the
demise of Sofoluwe.
Also, a student in the Faculty of Arts,
Funto Haastrup, while paying tribute to
Bassey, said the multi-talented lecturer
would be sorely missed by the
“He will be sorely missed. We will miss
his creative ability,” he said.
His death threw the institution into a
fresh round of mourning, as it was still
making arrangements to bury the late
VC on May 30.
Posted by Eddy Ogbunambala at 10:45 PM