footballers have rocked the country in recent times but one death that
has left controversy behind it is that of ex-Super Eagles striker
Rashidi Yekini. Yekini’s lawyer, Jibril
Olanrewaju, believes Yekini’s family had a
hand in his death, after they forcefully abducted him in Ibadan few
weeks before his death.
change my opinion except God or there is an inquisition to his death and
there’s something contrary to what I have. I will forever remain
resolute in my conclusion. He (Yekini) told me in confidence that if
they (family) succeeded in taking him away, that would be his end, and
that’s exactly what happened,” Olanrewaju told Punch Newspaper.
taken to so that these (Yekini’s) kids, who have been asking me, would
know what happened to their dad. I didn’t get any clue until Rufiat
(Yekini’s sister), who was among those that took him away, came about
three months before she died. She apologised and said he was taken to
some marabou; he was chained, he had his hair shaved and he was begging
them to allow him have access to me, so that I could know what was going
was given a cup of tea and after taking two sips, he went to sleep.
About 10 minutes later, he woke up violently and was gasping for breath.
Eventually he was vomiting blood, they did everything to save him but
when they couldn’t, they took him to Apete clinic. That was the only
clue I had on how he died.”
lives with his mother in Ijagbo, Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara
State, said the family was only trying to help Yekini before he gave up
was burning things inside his house in Ibadan. So, Mama went to see him
but Yekini said he was fine. We were afraid that he might burn himself.
So, Mama took him to an Alfa for treatment. It was from there he was
rushed to the hospital, where he died,” the 30-year-old Akeem said.
one in Oni and Sons area of Ibadan, which comprises of twin five-room
duplexes and a boys quarter of two rooms and two garages.
is in Ijagbo, where the mother stays. It’s a two-storied building of
four flats of three bedrooms each. There is also a boys quarter and a
mosque he constructed for traders in that vicinity.
always said all his property will go to his children but we are finding
it difficult because he didn’t write a will. Even at that, legally,
since he has children, they naturally should take the property,”
anything to do with the property in Ibadan. Instead, he accused
Olanrewaju and one of the wives of the late footballer of plotting to
sell the property.
the house. Before my brother died, he said the house in Ibadan was for
his children while the house at Ijagbo was for our mother. When we saw
that nobody was living in our brother’s house in Ibadan, we decided that
it should be repaired and rented out so that the children could make
use of the money.
lawyer who wanted to sell the house but they were restrained by people,
who told them to rent it out instead.”
Africa Sports striker’s family is the number of children he left behind.
While the lawyer says Yekini has two daughters, Yemisi and Omoyemi, the
family insists its three.
with a Togolese lady, who gave birth to a girl, Suliat, about 11 years
ago. However, Yekini denied the paternity of the baby but the family
kept it. Suliat is staying with her mother in Ibadan.
Yekini, he told me that he actually had a relationship with the lady but
he said, ‘that was over a year ago and how could the lady come and say
she is six months pregnant after leaving her for over a year?’
Yekini, the lady came with a little kid, a girl, and was trying to force
the baby on me, that I should take it as it is. And I said if Yekini
denied the paternity of the baby, it would be foolhardy of me to just
take it like that. I advised them that they should go for a DNA test;
that if it is positive, I would be legally harmless to do anything. So,
for now, as far as I know, Yemisi and Omoyemi are the two children
Yekini gave to me.”
slept with the woman but denied that he is not the father of the child.
The girl however looks like Yekini. The woman had a misunderstanding
with him, so she came to stay with my mother, where she gave birth to
the child. It’s my mother that is sponsoring the girl right now.”
woman is not suffering, since she is in charge of collecting rent of the
house, it was evident that she was passing through hard times.
her house at Ijagbo, the building was in state of decay. Even though it
was swept clean, the paintings as well as the worn out roofing sheets
and dilapidated balconies and walls were begging for renewal.
February last year and she was accusing me and raining curses on me that
each time she solicits for funds from the public, I used to block her
and tell the world that she had enough to take care of herself.
to the mother and I don’t think anybody has taken a dime from it; even
Yekini didn’t when he was alive,” Olanrewaju added.
was barely enough to take care of the old woman. He also accused the
lawyer of collecting money meant for the family of Yekini.
boy’s quarters but it’s not as expensive as what you have in Lagos. We
use the two flats up. My mother is the one who repairs the house and
pays the bills,” Akeem said.
lawyer collects anything that is given to the family; they don’t give
Mama anything. This year, someone came to give Mama N100,000 to do her
business but the promise from the Kwara State Government to Mama has not
been fulfilled. The governor said they will give the family N2.5m but
we haven’t seen anything since then. Mama needs help, she is in a
mother of late Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini, has now cleared the air on
life after her son’s death, in an interview with Punch.
easy at all. Since he died, I have not had substantial support. I have
been surviving on the rent I collect from the house Rashidi built for me
as well as the proceeds from my petty trade. As you can see here, I
sell bread, biscuits and some other household cooking materials. I use
the rent to do some little repairs on the house and also to find at
least a meal a day or more depending on what the day brings.
one flat, my surviving son, Akeem, and his family use one flat while I
rented out the remaining three flats. This is almost a remote area. It
is not like Abuja, Lagos or even Ilorin where you can collect
substantial amount for rent. The tenants were paying N30,000 per annum
but I just increased it to N45,000 per annum this year. That means that
prior to this year, I was collecting only N90,000 per annum from the
maligning me, and stopping people from assisting me through his
statements. Since my son died, if people have given money to the lawyer
for me, he has not given me. It is only now, due to media publicity,
that people started helping me.
me. He also built a house in our hometown, Iraa, in Kwara State. He had
the habit of going to Iraa and giving everybody there some money. But
since he died, there is no hope. He was the only person in the family
that was wealthy. I cannot forget my son.
anniversary, Osun and Oyo states’ governments gave money to his wives
and children. Osun State gave his wives N2m and Oyo gave N2m as well.
The Kwara State Government made a promise but it has not been fulfilled.
Some people recently started helping me. There is a group from Abuja
that opened a bank account for me. Some money has been paid in for me.
Also, Yinka Ayefele recently sent a delegation to me. He read about my
ordeal in the papers and he was touched and sent people to ask me what
my needs were. I told them. Also, Chief Donatus Agu-Ejidike was touched
after learning of my story. He came here and gave me N100,000. Some
weeks ago, the wife of the Kwara State Governor, Mrs. Omolewa Ahmed,
sent a delegation and they gave me clothes, food, beverages and some
cash. I am grateful to them. May God reward them but I still need more.
government or people have been giving Yekini’s lawyer (Jibril
Olanrewaju) in Ibadan, things to give me, he has not been sending them
to me. I am not aware that NFF has given any money to the family since
my son died.
make money. I may buy bread at N300; when I sell at N350, I make N50
profit, which I use to survive. I do not want to stay idle. I am
selling bread to make money, so that I won’t die early.
nothing else for me to survive on, so I started selling bread. I was not
selling bread when Rashidi was alive; I started this business because
appreciate it. I plead with President Muhammadu Buhari, the NFF, state
governments and everyone to assist me. They should remember that my son
made Nigeria proud. They should not abandon me now that he is no more
and I am now an old woman. When my son was alive, he was always there
for me. If Nigeria helps me, God will bless the country more.
that used to come to the house and treat me but after his death, there
was none. However, people from Offa came in April. They gave me a
doctor who has been treating and checking me monthly. They are
responsible for the medical bills.
Mariama and the other is Adeola. They gave birth each to a girl. The
first wife gave birth to her daughter in London. The name of the girl is
Yemi (Yemisi). The other daughter, Bidemi (Omoyemi), from the second
wife, is schooling at the University of Ilorin. The last time when we
did the memorial of my son, we requested that the children should be
given scholarships. I pray the government does that for them.
When I was at Iraa, I had family problems; family members used to
disturb me. That is why I told Rashidi to provide a house for me at Offa
or Ijagbo, so that the family will leave me to enjoy my life. If I had
not been staying at Ijagbo, I would have died a long time ago. That is
why my son built this house for me here in Ijagbo.