Ex-provost found dead inside office at OAU

Lecturers and students of the Obafemi Awolowo

University, Ile-Ife, Osun State were shocked

following the discovery of the lifeless body of a

former Provost, College of Health Sciences, Prof.

Solomon Ogunniyi, inside his office on Tuesday.

Some of the students said Ogunniyi locked himself

up in the room and he was found dead by those

who forced the door open after knocking at the

door repeatedly without any response.

They added that Ogunniyi’s colleagues were

worried because the deceased did not come out of

the office for a very long time.

He was said to have been rushed to the Obafemi

Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, where

doctors confirmed him dead.

The deceased, who was said to be around 60

years of age, left behind a wife and two children.

The Public Relations Officer of OAU, Mr. Biodun

Olanrewaju, confirmed the incident.

He said Ogunniyi’s death could be caused by

illness, while ruling out murder. He said nothing

suggested that the lecturer was murdered.

Ogunniyi died barely three months after the

university lost a lecturer at the Department of

Agricultural Economics, Dr. Deji Adejobi.

Adejobi was shot dead at his residence located at

The New Dawn, near Ife toll gate in Ile-Ife.

Also, Prof. James Olomo of the Department of

Nuclear Physics disappeared over two years ago

and he has yet to be found.

Olomo travelled to Eket in Akwa Ibom State to

offer consultancy services to an oil company and

lodged in a hotel. He left his hotel room and

nothing has been heard about him since then.