Tragedy struck again in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State as yet another lecturer, Dr. Victoria Adeniyi, passed on.
Up until her death, Late Dr. Victoria Adeniyi was the acting Head, Department of Dramatic Arts of the university. Her death was the third of such that would occur in the university under ten days.
The first death incident was that of Dr. Nicholas Igbokwe, who was found dead in his office. Again, on Friday, December 13, Prof. Jerome Elusiyan was shot dead by gunmen in Edo state.
The University management through the Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju has issued a statement to the press and public to announce the unfortunate death of Dr. Victoria Adeniyi. The statement reads:
“Less than 48 hours after we lost a Professor of Paediatrics, Jerome Elusiyan, to the cold hands of death through the instrumentality of 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 filled for the conduct of a post mortem.”
The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) OAU chapter, Dr. Adeola Egbedokun also had this to say about the sad development.
He said, “It is a sad news to us. The community is in grief. It is a grievous situation. I am short of words.”
May the soul of the departed rest in perfect peace!