Celebrity | 24 July 2008 12:50 CET

Obafemi Martins’ Mother Is Dead

Mother of Obafemi Martins, Nigerian international footballer, Alhaja Sherifat Martins, is dead. She was aged 60
She died this morning at the Joedan Hospital, Orile Iganmu, where she was rushed to after she allegedly collapsed at her residence, kilometre 15, Badagry Expressway, Orile Iganmu.

NFC investigations revealed that Alhaja Martins was rushed to the hospital around 6.30 a.m. and was later confirmed dead by the doctor.

Chief Imam of Nadwad-ul-Ahli mosque at 57, Igbosere Road, Lagos Island, her mosque, Abdul Rahman Lawal, who confirmed the death to us, said he was told that Alhaja Martins collapsed after inhaling fumes from a burning petrol tanker which fell and caught fire at Orile Iganmu this morning.

She was reportedly rushed to the hospital where she was confirmed dead. When NFC visited her residence at Orile Iganmu, sympathisers were seen moving in to console some of her children and relations.

Nurses at Joedan Hospital, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told us that the hospital was not the first place the deceased was taken to, adding that by the time they brought her to Joedan, she was already dead.

Two senior sisters of the deceased, Risikat and Mutiat Shonibare, denied that the deceased died as a result of the fumes she inhaled from the burning tanker.

According to them, Alhaja Martins, after observing her morning prayers, was going to visit one of her daughters when she collapsed in the car. “She was immediately taken to the hospital,” Mutiat Shonibare said.

NFC gathered that the corpse of the deceased was immediately taken to the Victoria Garden City (VGC), Lekki, residence of Obafemi Martins, accompanied by her daughters. Further investigations revealed that the Newcastle United Star had been notified of the death.

Obafemi Martins, it was learnt, told his relations that he would be arriving tonight from London and that the burial of his mother should be postponed till tomorrow.

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