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Senator Osinowo of Lagos East died of COVID-19 complications

Senator Bayo Osiniwo (Pepper)

It came as a shock to Lagosians and Nigerians on Monday as the Senator representing Lagos-East Senatorial District at the Senate, Adebayo Osinowo, aka Pepper, dies of Covid – 19 related complications at the First Cardiology Hospital, one of the isolation facilities of the Lagos State Government.

As the remains of the Senator would be moved from the hospital to Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, where he would be buried according to Islamic rites, his widow was guarded into a black sports utility vehicle, as mourners were told to keep a safe distance from her.
The 64 years old, four-time Lagos House of Assembly member was elected a senator in 2019 representing Lagos East constituency in the Senate. Osinowo, famously called Pepperito was born in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State on 28 November 1955.

He had his early education in Ijebu-Ode at St. Augustine Primary School and Isonyin Grammar School. After his graduation in Isonyin, Osinowo worked with the Federal Ministry of Works till 1979. He then set up his own businesses where he was managing director. Osinowo also spent some years in Italy studying building technology, according to his bio published by Wikipedia.
Osinowo was part of the June 12 campaign and was arrested by the DSS, spending months in detention, until Sani Abacha’s death in 1998. Osinowo also joined the Alliance for Democracy in 1999 and was elected a member of the Lagos House of Assembly in 2003.
He spent four terms in the house before he was elected Senator in 2019, replacing Senator Bariyu Gbenga Ashafa in Lagos East constituency.

Senator Bayo Osiniwo (Pepper)

Bola Ilori, an aide of former Osun State Governor and serving Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, in a post on Facebook, said Osinowo died of COVID-19. “We lost another good soul to Corona! A leader and major pillar of support for the progressive family. He was my personal moral, political and financial supporter. Good night, Senator Bayo Osiniwo (Pepper),” he wrote.
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in a statement on Monday, expressed shock at the death. He said, “The death of Senator Bayo Osinowo is painful. He died at a time when we have just begun to consolidate on our successes and see a ray of hope in our fight against the COVID-19. We must not allow the death of Senator Osinowo to deter us from forging ahead in our quest to finding a lasting solution to the dreaded disease.”