By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Who cut short the life of my lecturer? Deji, who did this to you? Who did this to the people of Orile-Owu? Who did this to your family?
These are the questions on the lips of mourners of the slain lecturer of the Department of Agricultural Economics in the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Dr. Adedeji Adejobi have been paying their tributes to the deceased who was gunned down at the presence of his wife and daughter.
The victim, a graduate of Agricultural Economics at University of Ibadan was shot dead by some suspected assassins at his residence located at The-Dawn area, near the Ife tollgate in Ile-Ife, Osun State on the night of Tuesday, 14th July, 2015.
This is happening few months after a lecturer of the university, Dr. Femi Omisore was abducted but later released after some undisclosed ransom was paid to his abductors.
Also, recall that another lecturer of OAU from the Department of Physics, Prof. James Olomo has not been found since October 2012.
With the news of Adejobi who was said to had bagged his PhD at the age of 29, the entire OAU community has been thrown into mourning as his students who are currently on mid semester break expressed rude shock at the death of their lecturer.
In agonising tones, students, friends and relatives of late Adejobi took to his Facebook account immediately the news broke on Tuesday night paying tributes as they described the teacher as a hardworking person whose contributions in the academia have changed many lives positively.
One of his students, Rahmat Oseni posted: “Oh Lord! Who will simplify the rudiments of Econometrics, a course many students find challenging, for us??? Your teaching was exemplary!!! Nigeria has lost one of the top ten Econometricians! Osun state has lost a gem! Obafemi-Awolowo UniversityIfe has lost a rare gift! Department of AgricEcons has lost a priceless jewel!
“It’s hard to believe that I won’t see you in propositional seminars again! Does it mean your contributions to improve the quality of research work won’t be heard again??? Even your admonitions in classes? May God grant your family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss! God loves you more! Rest in peace Omoba, Irunmole to n je popcorn, Dr. Deji Adejobi!!!”
A friend of the deceased, Fadugba Ekundayo wrote: “Dr Deji Adejobi, on saturday we met at Kosa’s daughter wedding in Ile-Ife. While we were “gisting”, I told you my car was stolen and you screamed. Your concern was so re- assuring. I met your lovely children and your amazing wife (of course am a friend of the family). Around 6:30pm you drove out of the reception venue in your recently acquired Venza, we exchanged banters as its the usual practice with a promise to stay in touch on BBM. While I was beside your car, two of your of daughters rushed to meet you and they screamed “daddy what about the money you promised us” as a lovely father you responded ” don’t worry my girls I will give you when I get home”.
Those girls left with so much happiness, am sure they told themselves our daddy is always there for us.
He continued: “But alas! Early this morning I got a phone call from Omirin Olusegun Omirin, with a tone filled with sorrow he told me “won ti pa Dr Adejobi” meaning “they have killed Dr Adejobi”. My breathe ceased for a seconds. What!!!. You are still young though but I find fulfilment in the fact that your lived your life to the fullest. You became a PhD holder at the age of 29years!.
“Yes death has robbed your children and wife the joy of having a father and husband, but I know that the almighty God who neither sleep nor slumber will keep, comfort and guide them. Sleep on Prince Dr Adejobi. I will never forget your support during the period I was trying to scale the many impediments placed on my way to the Law school by the Faborode led management. I will never forget.”
A relative of the deceased who hailed from Orile-Owu in Ayedaade Local Government area of Osun state, Oluwadamilola Siyanbola said: “words cant describe how sorrowful I am, I still cant believe you’re gone…you still made fun of me few hours before your demise…Rest in peace Dr Adedeji Olusayo Adejobi, we love you dearly but God loves you more. sleep on Daddy Oyin; the jagaban of the source.
Another student identified as Owolabi Ayodele Atinuke wrote: “My best lecturer,my referee, he always tell us to invite him to our wedding, hoping to see u on that day, but death has taken you too soon, we love u but God love u more. Everything you taught us about life will remain in our memory, d good legacy u leave for us is there to follow too. You had a great impact in our life. AEC 2013/14 part5 set.
“R.I.P. Good bye sir. We will surely miss you.
A student, Olanrewaju Akisanya wrote: “This is so sad and unbelievable. You were a wonderful lecturer, one that was approachable and easy to talk to. I pray God strengthens your family. Rest in peace Dr. Adejobi.
The deceased’s gateman (name withheld)narrated that the assailants trailed the victim to the house at exactly 10:10pm and shot him twice before blood started oozing from his mouth and nose.
The gate men said the gunmen who invaded Adejobi’s residence in black car had shot into the air to make the residents of the community feel jittery thus preventing any hindrance in their operation.
Also speaking, one of the children of the late lecturer, Oyin Adejobi, in an agonised voice narrated how her father was murdered in cold blood.
She said: “As we finished our evening prayer at 10:05 pm, Dad drove into the compound. Then I overheard an argument between the gateman and some strange people. I quickly looked from the window and I saw another black car that entered our compound together with Dad’s car. Our gateman was querying the occupants of the other car but they hit him and ordered him to lie down.
“The men in the black car came out before Dad could alight from his car and one of them shot into the air. Two of them advanced to Dad’s
car while others came inside. Grandma started begin those that came inside. Suddenly, we had gunshot twice from the outside.
Amid sobs, Oyin explained further: “The assailants left at 10:20 and took Dad’s car away. I overheard Dad begging them that they should not take him away. When they left, we thought they took him away and we started praying for the safety of Dad without knowing that he had been killed. When the police came, they saw his lifeless body in the flower.”
The younger brother of the deceased who is also the Public Relations Officer for Ogun State Police Command, Prince Olumuyiwa Adejobi described the death as very patheti
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer for Osun State Police Command, Mrs Folashade Odoro confirmed the ugly incident saying the command had commenced investigation into the matter and assured that the police would fish out the killers.
Also reacting, the Public Relations Officer of OAU, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju said the death of Dr Adejobi was very unfortunate adding that the management, staff and students of the university were very sad about the development.
According to Olanrewaju, “it is unfortunate that university lecturers have become the target of kidnappers, armed robbers and assassins.”
He however warned that the trend is dangerous for educational system in the country.