Laolu Martins, one of the co-founders of Bukka Hut, a Lagos-based eatery, has died.

Martins, a banker with more than 21 years of experience in investment banking, corporate banking, stockbroking, asset and pension fund management, passed away on Tuesday night.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the deceased’s family confirmed his death.

“We hereby solicit the support and understanding of everyone as the family grieves the loss of our beloved Laolu in our privacy.

“Our kind request is that you support the family – wife, children, aged mother and father and his siblings with your prayers at this difficult time.

“Further announcements will be made by the family,” the statement said.

Martins started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1999.

He began his career at Investment Banking & Trust Company Plc, now Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, where he worked in the Financial Control and Trade Finance/Foreign Operations units before being seconded to Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Ltd, where he was Financial Controller, Head Asset Management, and finally Head Stockbroking.

Later, in 2005, he resigned to join Shell Nig. CPFA Ltd, the Fund Manager of the Shell Companies in Nigeria Pensions Scheme, where he was Head, Investments until 2008, when he resigned to join Nigeria International Security Limited, NISL, an independent financial services firm specializing in investments in Nigeria.


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