The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife community has been thrown into mourning following the tragic death of a lecturer, Dr Deji Adejobi, who was killed by people suspected to be assassins.
schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine gathered that Dr. Deji Adejobi, of the Department of Agricultural Economics in Obafemi Awolowo University was on Tuesday shot dead by the assailants who invaded his residence and rain bullet on him.
According to Adejobi’s gateman, the killers trailed him to his house at 10:10pm Tuesday and shot him twice after first shooting into the air.
One of the children of the late don, Oyin, told our correspondents how the gunmen killed her father.
She said, “We finished our evening prayer at 10.05pm when dad drove into the compound. Then I overheard an argument between the gateman and some people. I looked from the window and I saw another black car that entered our compound with dad’s car.
“Our gateman was asking the occupants of the other car about their mission, but they hit him and ordered him to lie down.
“The men in the black car stepped out of their car before dad could alight from his and one of them shot into the air. Two of them moved to dad’s car, while others came inside the house.”
Oyin added that their grandmother begged the gunmen, who went inside the house, to spare her son, but they heard gunshots from outside.
She said further that the gunmen took away the lecturer’s car, while she heard her dad pleading with them not to take him away.
“We thought they took him away and we started praying for his safety without knowing that he had been killed,” she said.
Efforts to know if the police were aware of the case were unsuccessful as the Police Public Relations Officer in Osun State, Mrs. Folasade Odoro, dropped the call when one of our correspondents asked her about the case.
But the Public Relations Officer of the OAU, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, who confirmed the incident, said the university community was shocked to hear about the killing of the don.
He said, “We are shocked to hear that he was killed. We just pray God will give the family the fortitude to bear the loss. It is terrible.”
The Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, OAU branch, Dr. Caleb Aborisade, said the death was painful to the academic community.
He said, “The initial information was that he was kidnapped. But when we got to his house this morning, his death was confirmed.”
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