A married couple, identified as Israel Akojede and Esther Akojede, who have lived together for 72 years in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state, have died on the same day.

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The couple died in the Gbonagun Obantoko area of Abeokuta just few hours apart on October 30, NAN reports.

Mr Akojede, who was 103 years old, died around 3am and his wife, 98 years old died few hours later after receiving the news of her husband’s demise.

Their first son aged 70, Joseph Akojede, confirming the news said although the incident remained a mystery to the family, it was expected because of the fondness between them.

In his words,

“Their death is shocking but also expected. What we are thinking is maybe there would have been a short interval because they both loved themselves dearly,

“I have watched them since I was young and I know they are inseparable, they wear same colour of clothes, have the same belief and always consulted each other for advice.

“You can hardly hear them grumbling against each other as mama will say whatever her husband did was final, she won’t give a second opinion even if she had any.

“Such was the love they shared. Papa died very early in the morning and as we were being careful about breaking the news to his wife, she already knew and few minutes later she gave up the ghost.”

Their first grandson, who is a NAN employee, said the demise of the couple was a true version of the classic movie Romeo and Juliet.

The couple are survived by children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.


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