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Reactions Trail Ilemobade’s Murder

Posted: Jun 29, 2015 at 1:53 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Yemi Akintomide, Akure

THE Vicar of Vinning College of Theology, Akure, Dr. Ayodeji Fagbemi, described the death of Prof. Albert Ilemobade as shocking, saying many thought he was kidnapped.

This is as police said they have arrested two suspects over the incident, were expected to be paraded on Monday, June 29, 2015.

Fagbemi said: “We were together in church on Sunday. It was Father’s Day last Sunday and as usual, he was very active in our Bible Study, making his contributions. During the time of thanksgiving, he danced.

“On Monday morning, we were called that he was not found. It was a very disturbing development for us. We came here straight away. The police and all of us met at the gate.

“Right from the front, the gate was padlocked. There was no way anybody could get in. Mama was inside and we were out there.

“We could only exchange words. Later, we called iron bender to cut the padlocks. And then we entered.

“We saw his wristwatch just in front of the security post within the compound.

“We also found that his slippers had been flung to the other side of the road. We noticed that his red car had been taken away.

“We have since been around, church members, friends and everybody to support them, to encourage Mama that frantic efforts were being made to get him freed.

“I sent a text message to his phone number and his children were doing the same to encourage him that those who were responsible for his abduction would ultimately return him even if they had to ask for a ransom.

“It got to a time that we were all getting agitated, wondering why it was taking time to release him.

“We were still hoping that with our efforts and prayers and efforts of the security operatives that his abductors would be apprehended and that he would be returned to us.

“Everyday, our people have been coming here to pray. Even today, we still prayed for him. But, I was called to come and see them here. In fact Mama was resting.

“I was told that he was actually killed. It was a shocking one. I had to go back to the church to disperse the people and told them the news.

“While we were thinking that he was taken away, he must have been killed here.”

Also, the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji and ex-Deputy Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Professor Emmanuel Adedayo Fasakin, said Nigeria had lost a very great scholar.

Fasakin lamented the manner in which Ilemobade was murdered, saying he did not deserve to die that kind of death.

Ilemobade was an international scholar and an erudite academic.

He was a two-time Vice Chancellor of FUTA and Chairman, Committee of Vice Chancellors during his time.

He was the main core of FUTA. The achievements were very tremendous during his period.

“He was recognised all over the world. We’ve lost a very great scholar.

“For him to have died this kind of death, it is just too wicked, too cruel and too cheap for a man of this his status. It is a

terrible sin for whoever perpetrated the act,” Fasakin said.

The State Commissioner of Police, Isaac Eke, confirmed the incident, saying he had been contacted by the Ogun State Police Command.