By Osagie Otabor, Akure
Management of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) has confirmed the killing of one of its Deputy Registrars, Dr Amos Arijesuyo.
Dr. Arijesuyo, before his death, was Head, Guidance & Counseling Unit, Students Affairs Division.
Arijesuyo died last Saturday, 16 January, 2021 from injuries he sustained from gunshots wound after he was attacked along the Ilesa-Akure highway.
He was said to be returning to Akure from a trip to Ibadan when his vehicle ran into an ambush laid by unknown gunmen who were operating on the road around 5.30 pm.
The gunmen reportedly shot sporadically at the vehicle in which there were five occupants and bullets hit Dr Arijesuyo and the driver.
A statement by the institution’s spokesman, Adegbenro Adebanjo, said the injured driver managed to drive the vehicle away from the scene of the attack and efforts were made to seek immediate medical help.
Adegbenro said Dr. Arijesuyo succumbed to death from the gunshots while the driver is recuperating at a hospital.
According to the statement, “The University condemns in the strongest terms this senseless attack that has led to the untimely death of an erudite University administrator and counsellor per excellence.
“Dr Arijesuyo’s death is a big loss to FUTA, the academic community in Nigeria and beyond. It is a death that should not have happened in the first place. It is the hope of the management, staff and students of FUTA that security agencies will go after the evil men who carried out the dastardly act and make them face the full weight of the law and just recompense for their heinous crime.
“Our prayers and thoughts are with the wife, children and family members of our departed colleague at this difficult period of unquantifiable grief.”