Ogun state


A Nigerian couple who have been married for 72 years died on the same at Abeokuta in Ogun State.

The man Pa Israel Akojede and his wife, Mama Esther both passed on apart as the former died at about 3 am and the latter a few hours later after she had learned about her husband’ death, according to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria.

Pa Israel was 103 year and his wife was 98 and they were survived by children, grandchildren and gre at grandchildren.

Confirmed the death of the couple, Mr. Joseph Akojede, the first son of the couple who is 70 years old intimated that the incident is a mystery to the family.

“Their death is shocking but also expected. What we are thinking is maybe there would have been a short interval because they both loved themselves dearly. “I have watched them since I was young and I know they are inseparable, they wear same colour of clothes, have the same belief and always consulted each other for advice.

“You can hardly hear them grumbling against each other as mama will say whatever her husband did was final, she won’t give a second opinion even if she had any.

“Such was the love they shared. Papa died very early in the morning and as we were being careful about breaking the news to his wife, she already knew and few minutes later she gave up the ghost,’’ he said.

The first grandson of the family, Mr Olanrewaju Akojede of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the demise of the couple was a true version of the popular film, “Romeo and Juliet’’.

“I have watched them play Romeo and Juliet whenever I have the opportunity to be with them. It’s so surprising to me that they even shared the same mobile telephone.

“Whenever I call, it’s either Mama or Papa that answers the call; it depends on who the phone was with it when I called. “They are so great parents who had lived a pleasant and worthy life that is worth emulating.

May their souls rest in peace,’’ he said.

Their burial ceremony will be announced later by the family. They are survived by children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. (NAN)

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