FIRS staff, Abdulwahab Gbadamosi dies at 53


The former Director of Information of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Wahab Gbadamosi who died last Friday has been laid to rest in his residence in Ilorin.
He died after he reportedly suffered a violent seizure at his home from a suspected heart attack.
His Janazah was conducted in his residence, off Islamic Village road, Gerewu, Ilorin West Local Government on Saturday around 5:00pm, after his remains was brought home from Abuja.
The programme was conducted by Sheikh Abdullahi Toyin Nda Salati and witnessed by a crowd that comprised men and women from all walks of life including family members, friends and colleagues in Ilorin and from Abuja.
He was survived by his wife, mother and four children namely Huswah, Fawaz, Abdulwahab and Taoheed among other relatives.
Before his foray into the revenue service, the deceased had worked largely in the media sector where he started from the defunct Comet newspaper before he later moved to The News and Tempo magazines where he made his mark as a much respected and ethically conscious media personality.
It was gathered that late Gbadamosi had initially talked about having excellent health before the fatal incident on Friday.
According to a former colleague who shared his last moment with him, late Gbadamosi visited him penultimate Sunday where he talked about how the local zobo drink has drastically reduced his hypertension.
“He told me he was experiencing an excellent health from the efficacy of the zobo drink and recommend that I should make it a part of my diet.
“Then we strolled for about fifteen minutes to tell you how healthy he was feeling and returned to the house. He then said he wanted to see the doctor who was treating his mother that was recovering from her illness to recommend a change in her feeding pattern. Shortly after our discussion, he left on a very lively note.
‘But he was rushed to the hospital in Abuja following a very violent attack according to the doctor. His case is a very touchy one but the consolation was that he lived a very good and impactful life”. He added.
In his sermon during the burial which took place at his residence in Ilorin, one of the officiating clerics and the Chief Missioner of the Ilorin branch of NASFAT, Imam Alaya sought Allah’s blessing and forgiveness for the deceased and protection for the family he left behind. He prayed God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss.
Present at the event was the MD/Editor-In-Chief of National Pilot newspaper, Alhaji Billy Adedamola, Managing Director, Regional Operations of The National Newspapers, Alhaji Yusuf Alli, Editor of Premium Times Newspapers, Musikilu Mojeed, Editor of Blueprint Newspapers, Mallam Abdulrauf Abdulrahman, Regional Editor, Leadership newspapers, Alhaji Abdullahi Olesin, former Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Kwara State Government Alhaji Mas’ud Adebimpe and former chairman Ilorin NUJ, Alhaji Tunde Akanbi among others.
Meanwhile his Fidau was held on Monday in his residence in Ilorin which was witnessed by friends, colleagues and relatives.
The officiating Imam, Sheikh Toyin Nda Salaty during the programme urged those present to take a cue from the selfless service and positive impact the deceased had on both friends and family members who came in contact with him during his life time adding that only good deeds will be beneficial to us after death.
He reminded the audience of the importance of the five daily prayers, especially observing them at the prescribed times as emphasised by Prophet Muhammad (SAW) who never find any excuse not to pray even while he was ill that eventually led to his death.

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