A lecturer at The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Dr. Victoria Adeniyi, has become the third academic staff to die in the last nine days.
Dr. Adeniyi was the Acting Head, Department of Dramatic Arts at the university before her demise. Her death followed that of Prof. Jerome Elusiyan on Friday who was killed by unknown gunmen on December 13. The university had earlier before then lost Dr. Nicholas Igbokwe, who was found dead on December 7.
OAU Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju, in a statement, said: “Less than forty eight hours after we lost a Professor of Paediatrics, Professor Jerome Elusiyan, to the cold hands of death through the instrumentality of unknown gunmen, it is too painful for us as a university to tearfully break the unpalatable news of the demise of another promising academic and a prominent member of OAU community, Dr. Victoria Oluwaremilekun Adeniyi, who, until her death early this morning (Sunday) was the Acting Head, Department of Dramatic Arts of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
“The deceased lecturer, who directed this year’s convocation play, which was staged four days ago, was also, yesterday, a part of the academic procession of the grand finale of the university’s 44th convocation.
“The Vice Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, who was visibly unhappy, had visited the university’s Teaching Hospital and directed that necessary papers be filed for the conduct of a postmortem.”