Ministry director dies during badminton tourney

Badminton game used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: THISDAYLIVE]

The Vice President of the Wembley Badminton Club, Abdulyekin Sanchi, slumped and died while taking part in a badminton tournament in Abuja on Saturday.

The late Sanchi was until his death the Director of Finance, Ministry of Budget and National Planning.

The former head of finance, Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), was rushed to a nearby hospital just about 100km from the tournament venue where he was pronounced dead at around 9:30pm on Saturday.

Other members of the badminton club said the late Sanchi was hale and hearty before his untimely demise.

President of the club, Terzungwe Uwua said Sanchi’s death was a shock to Wembley Badminton Club.

“His death came to us as a huge shock. He was a motivator to younger members and a gentleman to the core.

“As the vice president of the club, he dedicated resources and time to mentor young badminton players.”

The deceased has since been buried according to Islamic rites at his home town, Sanchi-Zuru, Kebbi State.

(NAN)

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