Alaiya, Media Officer of the Super Eagles between November 2011 and February 2015, was reported to have died in his hometown, Ososo, Edo State after a brief illness.
A statement on the Instagram handle of the Super Eagles on Wednesday reads, “We are sad to announce the sudden passing of our former Media Officer, Mr. Benjamin Alaiya.
“Ben worked very hard in his role as Super Eagles’ media officer and was always a jolly good fellow.
“He was very professional and dedicated. This is quite sad. Our hearts go out to his young wife and the children.
“We pray that God will grant him eternal rest and also give the family and other loved ones he left behind the fortitude to bear the loss. It is devastating.
“May his soul Rest In Peace and our thoughts are with his family.”
Born in Ososo, Edo State on December 9, 1968, Ben Alaiya was a graduate of English Language from the University of Lagos and also earned a postgraduate diploma in Mass Communication from the Nigeria Institute of Journalism (NIJ).
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