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Passenger Collapses & Dies at Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos



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A Nigerian man who was getting ready to board a flight from Lagos to Accra collapsed and died yesterday at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA).

The man, who was identified as Akunne Osei, was waiting to collect the Yellow Card from airport health officials when he collapsed, Vanguard reports.

Osei was based in Ghana but had visited Lagos for business transactions. According to reports, he intended to return to Accra for medical treatment.

Speaking about the incident, General Manager, Corporate Communication, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Yakubu Dati, said:

“The passenger, Mr. Akunne Osei, took ill on Saturday, August 9 and started stooling. When the situation got worse, he called his doctor in Accra who instructed him to return to Ghana immediately for further treatment.

“During boarding formalities for his return trip to Accra, at the MMIA, Mr. Osei, who had become weak was subjected to Ebola virus test by port health officials, the result of which was negative.

“No further attention was paid to him after his Ebola virus result read negative but the passenger later slumped and died around the port health office.”


  1. quex

    August 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Rip man

  2. LokengoC

    August 12, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    May his soul Rest in Peace

  3. That African chic

    August 12, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I thought it takes 48 hours for an ebola test to be confirmed negative or positive

    • The Knkster

      August 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      Exactly what I thought, though I may be wrong. Even longer sef. What I know most airports are doing on the go is temp screening which lasts 2 minutes tops using a thermal gun, and if your temp is fine you can then proceed.

  4. Gorgeous

    August 12, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Nigeria,very weak country when it comes health issues.No futher attention was given to the man when his result showed negative for Ebola and he was still weak meaning he was very ill and needed medical attention!If i may ask are there no medical personels in a whole int’l airport for emergency cases?
    That is why we are way to far and behind from the western world.
    Nigeria will never get there because we are too selfish and self centred.
    May his soul rest in perfect peace

    • slice

      August 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Omg his family needs to sue someone. The doctor, why does he have to travel to ghan for treatment. He needed treatment now. Airport folks when u hear hooves think horses nt zebras. They cld have treated him for regular stomach type issues while waiting for ebola test results. Even just rehydrate him seeing as he was losing fluids

    • Aggie

      August 12, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Well said.

    • nene

      August 12, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      you have said it all

  5. Ndubuisi

    August 12, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    it have been confirmed that his death is not ebola related. just want to point that out.

  6. Rayoooooo

    August 12, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Still they would have checked him to know everything is ok Oga oh.
    There is God oh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Only by his grace some still breathing
    RIP Mr Osei

  7. sum1special

    August 12, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    We can never know when we will die.

  8. sexystina

    August 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    It is well

  9. Bobosteke & Lara Bian

    August 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    It hurt that everyone ran away from him and his young sister was left to take care of him alone as he breathed his last . Although BN did not report this, my heart bled as I read it in the papers today. Same thing in Benin, a man whom everyone in his town knew was epileptic eventually died after a particularly violent episode. Fear has made us very irrational. Yes there is Ebola, yes we have to be cautious, yes we should exercise extreme caution, but we need to understand the symptoms properly and not jump to hurried conclusions. Two lives have been lost that could have been saved.

  10. Afrocatalyst

    August 12, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Are we even sure the Ebola testing materials and personnels are correct? I suspect he died of it. Get well trained personnels and up to date equipments for testing pls.
    Giant of Africa indeed!

    • Mama

      August 22, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Shut your ignorant mouth…….u suspect he died of it indeed……there are a thousand and one illnesses that can come on you suddenly……we lack emergency services it his country and with ignorant lots like u all over the place it makes it worse……any one who dies suddenly now died of Ebola……ignoramus

  11. oma

    August 12, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Too bad for our doctors o RIP man

  12. lol

    August 12, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    when did osei became nigerian name, every tom dick n harry kows osei is a ghanaian name

    • Eno

      August 12, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      Please note that many Nigerian men who come to live in Ghana adopt a Ghanaian middle name and or last name to enable them get jobs, passports, etc. It’s a common practice that begun in the 1990s. So calling himself Osei doesn’t mean he was ever Ghanaian.

  13. shattymore

    August 12, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    ooooh africa, we always take things for granted, Ebola is not the only killer disease, they should have perform other test to find out exactly what was wrong with him, the airport medical team did not do well., are they really professional at all.. antother life is gone!!!!!

  14. lol

    August 12, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    The guy probably wanted to be treated in his country, i know it has become sexy to blame Nigeria but its not everything u blame Nigeria for. They’ve tested him for ebola and it was negative so they can’t force him to take treatment for his ailment in Nigeria if he is adamant he want to go to his country…….everyone just yearning dust

    • slice

      August 12, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      and where did you read that he was adamant to return to ghana. they said he was returning to ghana. he took a turn for the worse at the airport and was tested for ebola, then left without further care

    • lol

      August 12, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      Maybe u missed the part where they said “According to reports, he intended to return to Accra for medical treatment” or where they said “he called his doctor in Accra who instructed him to return to Ghana immediately for further treatment”

    • slice

      August 15, 2014 at 4:27 am

      @lol adamant is not the same thing as intended. His plan when he got to the airport was to go to ghana. No where in the story does it tell you that he was adamant about getting treatment there. If i’m on way to the doctor and I fall sick in your car, will you just stare at me until i die.

  15. Tbaby

    August 12, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    @Afrocatalyst, how are u sure he died of Ebola? Were u there?? Or are u d health personnel that attended to him? Ebola is real n In Nigeria, we all know that. But a situation whereby anyone that is stooling n vomiting is now termed as suffering from Ebola is quite alarming, before d ebola epidemic, we have cases of vomiting n stooling which could be as a result of fever n other illnesses. With d way ds Ebola matter is going, pple will start dying of illnesses like malaria, I tire for Naija.

  16. bobbydox

    August 12, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    may his gentle soul rest in peace

  17. dups

    August 12, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Very sad….rip man

  18. Shadie

    August 12, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Are these Ebola testing kits working effectively? Because Nigeria is very corrupt they don’t mind ordering these kits from Chinaoo

  19. nene

    August 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    nigeria doesn’t have airport paramedics/doctors and we trust their “testing” equipments.

  20. Mike

    August 14, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Eno, you are nothing but an idiot, how can you said that Nigerians are adopting Ghanaian middle name or last name to enable them get jobs, passports, etc. Common Ghana.

    • Mama

      August 22, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Mike you are the ignorant one here? Have u ever been to Ghana? Am very sure u have not…… time if u have no facts on a matter just shut up and stop vomiting sentimental bullshit…..yes we all love Nigeria but the fact is some people have made their fortunes outside naija

  21. siouxsiechoes

    August 15, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    8/13/2014 thru 8/14/2014 Does anyone know if flights from Lagos Airport | Murtala Muhammed International (LOS) were cancelled or even departed and then brought back to the airport due to this Ebola virus outbreak?

  22. liz

    February 23, 2017 at 11:19 am

    this is no cause to argue, lets face it they did very bad at the airport it could be anybody it could be family members or even dear friends. there are various diseases that can cause vommiting and stooling whatever happened to typhoid and other things, we keep on spoiling the reputation of this country at every giving opportunity i feel the health team should be checked its an international airport for that matter. may his soul rest in peace.

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