The University Management has paid a condolence visit to the family of the late former Vice-Chancellor of the Institution, Professor Albert Adeoye Ilemobade who was gruesomely murdered by two of his domestic staffs.
At the home of the late don, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebiyi Daramola who led a delegation of FUTA’s Principal Officers wrote in the condolence Register, “The last eight days have been very terrible for us at the Federal University of Technology, Akure. This is particularly so given the fact that our former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ilemobade was in the University less than 24 hours earlier to grace a wedding ceremony. The news of his kidnap and eventual death under a most gruesome condition has left us all in shock and grief. On behalf of the Governing Council, Staff and Students of FUTA, we say ADIEU OUR DADDY, till we meet to part no more. May his gentle soul rest in peace in Jesus Name.”
Daramola also described the late don as a patriarch of FUTA whose immense contributions and sacrifice for the development of the Institution will remain ever green in the history of FUTA. He said Professor Ilemobade while in office and even after leaving office showed keen interest in the development of FUTA by always identifying with the Institution. He further said the late don will be sorely missed for his valuable counsel as an elder statesman and a renowned academic with enviable track record in University administration.
Encomiums also came from well-meaning Nigerians who knew the worth of the late don. Professor and Mrs. Ladipo Adamolekun in a condolence wrote, “What a tragic loss to Ondo State and FUTA. We leave the killers in the hand of the Almighty. We pray God to comfort Mrs. Ilemobade, the children and other family members. Prof. Ilemobade served FUTA and his community as well as the country at large. He will be remembered for his immense contributions to academic and to society at large. RIP”.
Also, a onetime Senator of the Federal Republic, Senator Olorunnimbe Farukanmi said, “The loss of an indefatigable academician like Prof. Albert Ilemobade is sad. He was a reputable leader who headed one of the most reputable institutions in this country. We were together when St. Mathias Institution for Clergies honoured the Primate of the Anglican Communion, Primate Okoh about a month ago. Nobody saw that as our last association. The sad death brought about by ruffians who have taken over this country should be condemned by all Nigerians. We commiserate with the wife, children and all the members of his family. Prof. Ilemobade has done his best for this country and may he have everlasting rest with our Lord, Jesus Christ. Adieu sir and may his soul rest in perfect peace”.
The Daramola led delegation included the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Tolulope Akinbogun, the Registrar, Dr. (Mrs.) Modupe Ajayi, the Bursar, Mr. Emmanuel Oresegun, the University Librarian, Dr. Femi Oguntuase and the Public Relation Officer, Mr. Adegbenro Adebanjo.
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