A Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Dr. Deji Adejobi has been killed by suspected assassins.
Adejobi was killed at his residence located at the Dawn area, near Ife tollgate in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
According to Adejobi’s gateman, the assailants trailed the deceased to the house at exactly 10:10 p.m. on Tuesday evening and shot him twice after shooting into the air to scare the residents of the community.
One of the children of the late lecturer, Oyin Adejobi, in an agonised voice narrated how her father was murdered in cold blood.
“As we finished our evening prayer at 10:05 p.m., dad drove into the compound, and we overheard an argument between the gateman and some strange people. I quickly looked from the window and I saw another black car that entered our compound behind our dad’s car.
“Our gateman was querying the occupants of the other car but they hit him and ordered him to lie down. The men in the black car came out before dad could alight from his car and one of them shot into the air.
“Two of them advanced to dad’s car while others came inside, grandma started begging those that came inside, suddenly, we heard gunshot twice from the outside. The assailants left at 10:20 p.m. and took dad’s car away. I overheard dad begging them that they should not take him away.
“When they left, we thought they took him away and we started praying for the safety of dad without knowing that he had been killed. When the police came, they saw his lifeless body amidst the flower,” Oyin explained as she sobbed.
The younger brother of the deceased who is also the Public Relation Officer for Ogun State Police Command, Prince Olumuyiwa Adejobi described the death of his brother as very pathetic.
The Police Public Relations Officer for Osun State Police Command, Mrs Folashade Odoro while confirming the incident said that the command had commenced investigation into the matter and assured that the police would fish out the killers.
The Public Relations Officer of OAU, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju said the death of Dr Adejobi was very unfortunate.
Olanrewaju added that the management, members of staff and students of the university were very sad about the development.
“It is unfortunate that university lecturers have become the target of kidnappers, armed robbers and assassins,” he said.
Olanrewaju warned that the trend was dangerous for education system in the country.