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OAU Lecturer Dies Inside Office

Posted: Nov 7, 2015 at 3:54 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti,


The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has been thrown into mourning following the mysterious death of a lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Perinatology Professor, Solomon Olugbemi Ogunniyi.

Ogunniyi died inside his office on Wednesday and discovered Thursday after search party had been raised by the family.

Ogunniyi, a professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Perinatology was said to had been in his office on Wednesday for a long and unusual period and had not come out before some of his colleagues decided to check on him.

It was gathered that his colleagues had knocked his office door for several times but Ogunniyi was not responding and neither did he open the door.

The development forced his colleagues and other students around to open the door forcefully. Professor Ogunniyi was said to have been found lifeless while sitting on his office chair.

It was further gathered that Ogunniyi was confirmed dead at the Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital (OAUTHC) where he was rushed to.

The tragic discovery has caused confusion on the OAU campus as other lecturers and students expressed concern over the death of the father of two.


The news of the mysterious demise of the don immediately spread through the university community as some students and lecturers were seen discussing the incident in hush tones.

Oginniyi was a two-term provost, College of Health Sciences and his tenures ended on July 31, 2013.

While speaking on Ogunniyi’s death, a Part 3 student of the late don who simply identified himself as Francis said he was a brilliant teacher.

The student who expressed sadness to the sudden departure of Ogunniyi said he was confused at his death, suggesting that his lecturer might have died of accumulated stress.

Meanwhile, efforts to contact the chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), OAU branch, Dr. Caleb Aborisade, for comments proved abortive as his telephone line was not reachable.

But the Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, when contacted on Friday confirmed the demise of the lecturer.

Ogunniyi’s death came, three months after a lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics of the institution, Dr. Deji Adejobi, was murdered by suspected assassins at his residence at The New Dawn, near Ife Toll gate in Ile-Ife.