An executive committee member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Emmanuel Ibah has died of COVID-19 complications.
Ibah, who is also the chairman of the Akwa Ibom FA died on Tuesday morning at the age of 61, Naija News understands.
His death was confirmed in a statement on Tuesday by the Communications Department of the NFF, which quoted family sources as confirming the death of the sports administrator.
NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, described his death as a loss and prayed for the repose of his soul.
“I am just lost for words. I don’t know what to say. This has been a tragic year on so many fronts. Emmanuel Ibah was like a brother. He was my colleague from the South South on the NFF Executive Committee and a very loyal and supportive person. We have lost another pillar on the board. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace,” Pinnick said.
Until his death, Ibah was the South-South Coordinator of the NFF.
Born Emmanuel Augustine Ibah on 5th September 1959, he hailed from Urua Akpan area of Akwa Ibom State, and became a Member of the NFF Executive Committee after winning election at the last NFF Elective Congress in Katsina on 18th September 2018. He lost his wife a couple of years ago.
— The NFF ?? (@thenff) December 15, 2020
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday evening, 15th December 2020, confirmed 758 new cases of Coronavirus disease infection in Nigeria.
The new cases of COVID-19 infection were confirmed via a statement on the official Twitter handle of the health agency.
This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to 74,132 which includes 66,494 discharged cases and 1,200 deaths.
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