Panic as delegate suffers cardiac arrest at Confab

Since the conference started, three delegates have died while some others have fainted during plenary sittings.

There was panic at the National Judicial Institute, NJI, venue of the ongoing National Conference, when a delegate from Oyo State and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Niyi Akintola, suffered a cardiac arrest.

The incident occurred while Mr. Akintola, was inside the gallery listening to the debate on the report of the Committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government, which was earlier presented by
Ike Nwachukwu.

The attention of delegates was drawn to the ailing delegate when two nurses and security operatives rushed into the chamber to assist Mr. Akintola move outside the plenary.

Mr. Akintola could not be taken out of the NJI premises with the Police ambulance attached to the Conference due to the blockage of the route by cars belonging to delegates, who were struggling to also leave the premises.

Concerned delegates and the Secretary of the Conference, Janatte Valerie-Azinge, stood by to ensure the ailing delegate was evacuated to a medical facility for urgent attention.

When it became obvious that the ambulance could not get to where Mr. Akintola was waiting, a delegate offered his car and the ailing delegate was driven out of the premises with speed.

It was, however, not possible to ascertain the medical facility where Mr. Akintola was taken as at the time of this report even as the conference secretary said the delegate suffered from a cardiac arrest.

Over three months into the Conference, three delegates have died while some others have fainted during plenary sittings.


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  • Dan maikoko

    Well what do you expect from a conference exclusively of octogenarians and nonagenarians? At some point in a mans life enough is enough, this continuous recycling of tested and failed ideas and ideologues must end one way or the other. When Yar’aduwa banned the use of hair dye by civil servants in Abuja, he knows what he was doing.
    In all honesty how do we expect people struggling to keep their hearts beating deciding on how Nigeria should be governed in the next 100 years? My advice to these unfortunate conference attendees is to take it easy, no shouting, no thinking, and no stress. Just keep sitting, talking and marking time. Time is the key word! Your allowances depends on time.

    • AK

      I concur

    • concerned9ja

      Point of correction. Akintola is a fertile mind of about 55. He is not an old cargo at all. He isbrilliant and more experinced to teach GEJ in governance class.

      • Dan maikoko

        Apologies. When someone collapses in the confab these days age is almost always a factor. I can see that this case is an exception. But I still submit that Mr. Akintola might have been frustrated by these nonagenarians, making age a factor in a round about way!

  • Abba Ahmad

    To mamakios,
    Better find out before they start suffering stigma.

  • Dorothy

    All these old cargos… how will they not die? The relevance of Nigeria youth is zero as far as this corrupt government is concerned.