A sitting senator, representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Bayo Osinowo, popularly known as “Pepper” is dead
Osinowo was said to have died on Monday at a private facility in Lagos, after a brief illness.
The deceased, a four-time member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, was serving his first tenure in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Abuja, after his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), nominated him in the 2019 elections to fly the party’s flag, replacing senator Gbenga Ashafa.
His remains were said to have been conveyed to his home town in Ijebu, Ogun State, preparatory to burial after being released to his family few hours after his death.
A supervisor in Kosofe local government, Monsuru Osinowo, confirmed that the family had received the body of the late senator and were travelling to Ijebu Monday evening.
According to the council supervisor, the late senator was up and healthy by Sunday evening, adding that it was shocking to receive the news of his death on Monday.
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.
He spent four terms in the house before he was elected senator in 2019, replacing Senator Bariyu Gbenga Ashafa in Lagos East constituency.