By Dipo Awojobi – A former Nigerian superstar boxer, businessman, philanthropist and engineer, who was also the Chairman of formerly D’Rovans Hotel, now Wallan Hotel, Chief Francis Aiyegbeni is dead.
News Investigators learnt, Mr. Ayegbeni passed died on Saturday. His daughter, Faith also confirmed the information on Saturday evening that Chief Francis Aiyegbeni breathed his last in Ibadan.
“He passed on this morning in Ibadan. My dad has gone to rest. May his soul rest in peace.” she was quoted as saying.
Mr. Aiyegbeni, who hails from Esan in Edo State was a former boxer and prominent promoter of Boxing.
He died on Saturday afternoon after he was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan after he failed to respond to treatment at the Police Hospital, Eleyele, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Confirming the sad development, the Secretary General of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C), Remi Aboderin, said that Nigeria has lost a great personality, adding that the boxing family will miss Ayegbeni a lot.
“It is unfortunate that we have lost him at this time when we need him the most,” he started.
“I can tell you Francis Aiyegbeni gave so much for the development of boxing in Nigeria and it is so unfortunate we have lost him.
“Yes, Nigeria will miss him as a whole, but the boxing community will feel his absence a lot.”
Francis Aiyegbeni is survived by many wives, children and grandchildren