Townsmen of late Major General Olubunmi Irefin, the GOC 6 Division in Port Harcourt are asking military authorities questions about his death on 10 December.
Irefin hailed from Ayetoro-Gbede in Kogi state.
Now the King of the town, Oba D.S. Ehindero, Ayetoro-Ayetoro-Gbedde Development Association ad the Traditional Council have expressed some puzzlement about his death.
According to Aminu A.A., who issued a press statement on behalf of the town’s various stakeholders, Irefin was hale and hearty until he came for the Chief of Army Staff Conference in Abuja on Monday.
He said Irefin was in the town for his mother’s burial two weeks ago.
“We did not hear of his illness until the sad news came to us 10th December, 2020 that the General died of Covid -19; and the the sudden rush for his burial tomorrow(today) 12th December, 2020”, Aminu wrote.
The statement raised doubts about the cause of death, as Irefin’s affliction did not follow the normal course of COVID-19.
“If the incubation period of Covid-19 is two weeks after which the victim will start to show symptoms like high fever, severe headache etc, is that the case for late General Olubunmi Irefin?
“Even if the symptoms mentioned above manifested in the General, does it also kills it victim instantly?..
” Except there is Covid-20 which we doubt, Covid-19 does not kill it victims in three days”, Aminu said.
Read the full statement:
Press Release on the Death of General Olubunmi Irefin
On behalf of Olu of Ayetoro Gbede, Oba D.S Ehindero, Ayetoro Development Association and Ayetoro Gbede Traditional Council wish to express their deep sorrow over the sudden death of General Olubunmi Irefin which occurred on the 10th December, 2020.
According to Shakespeare, ” Death, is a necessary end, will come when it will come “. The sequence of events before the death of General Irefin and the main cause of his sudden death as propounded by the military authorities, which they claimed is Covid-19 made the highest decision making organs of the Ayetoro Gbede community namely, Ayetoro-Gbede Traditional Council and Ayetoro-Gbede Development Association to interrogate the main cause of his death as propounded by the military.
We should not forget that General Olubunmi Irefin was in Ayetoro-Gbede two weeks ago for the burial ceremony of his late mother. During the brief period of his stay at home, he was full of life, and, observers of will agree that every movement of his, was with military precision. Suddenly, a signal came to him from Abuja to attend Chief of Army Staff Conference which started last Monday (7th December, 2020).
We did not hear of his illness until the sad news came to us yesterday, 10th December, 2020 that the General died of Covid -19; and the the sudden rush for his burial tomorrow 12th December, 2020.
As the mouth piece of Ayetoro-Gbede community, the Ayetoro Gbede Traditional Council and Ayetoro Gbede Development Association are not happy with the military establishment over the reason it claimed was responsible for the death if General Olubunmi Irefin for the following reasons:
1. If the incubation period of Covid-19 is two weeks after which the victim will start to show symptoms like high fever, severe headache etc, is that the case for late General Olubunmi Irefin?
2. Even if the symptoms mentioned above manifested in the General, does it also kills it victim instantly?
3. At the advance age of 80 years, the former Chief of Staff to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, late Abba Kyari, battled Covid -19 for weeks before he died. Common logic should tell us that General Irefin at a younger age, even if it is true that he contacted Covid -19 should be able to battle it for longer period of time.
4. Except there is Covid-20 which we doubt, Covid-19 does not kill it victims in three days.
5. Why the sudden haste in the burial of the General by the military authority?
Not until convincing answers are provided by the military authority for the above questions, the Ayetoro-Gbede community will not be happy with the military establishment over the reason they claimed was responsible for the death of our son, General Olu Irefin.
AMINU A.A for AGDA/ Ayetoro Gbede Traditional Council.