Murdered Ogun University lecturer buried

Mr. Onabanjo was one of his university’s most brilliant scholars and intellectuals

A senior lecturer at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun state, Dr Olusegun Onabanjo, who was shot dead by gunmen on Wednesday, has been laid to rest at his residence in Ijebu Ode.

Mr. Onabanjo was killed at his home in the presence of his wife and children in a midnight attack. He was buried on Friday.

Mr. Onabanjo’s attackers reportedly stormed his residence located in Odomolasa area of Ilese-Ijebu at about 1.00 a.m. and attempted to force their way into the apartment.

As the assailants made frantic efforts to break in, Mr. Onabanjo was heard asking his relatives to fetch him a gun, a call a police spokesperson suggested could have angered his attackers.

However, the gunmen made their way in and shot the lecturer dead. They also carted away some of his property.

Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said every effort will be made to arrest the killers.

He appealed to residents to be careful in such situations; saying they should be wary of showing off even if they have firearms.

The funeral rites were preceded by a commendation service held at the Living Faith Church at 47 Osimore Street, Ijebu Ode.

In a sermon, the officiating Minister, Chris Kalejaiye, in his sermon described the late lecturer as a God-fearing person who has touched the lives of many in his short but eventful life.

He asked his family and friends to put God first in everything they do while alive.

Earlier, the Olabisi Onabanjo University authorities organised a commendation service in honour of the late lecturer, who taught in the Department of Sociology in the university.

Mr. Onabanjo was born in 1972, attended Ogun State College of Education, Ijebu Ode, and later proceeded to the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State for his first degree which he bagged in 1999.

He had Masters in 2002 at University of Lagos and another one at University of Ibadan where he also bagged his doctorate this year.

Mr. Onabanjo is survived by an aged father, brothers and sisters, wife and two kids.

Mr. Onabanjo, who was his department’s examination officer, is described by colleagues as a strict disciplinarian and incorruptible academic, character traits that have often put him at cross with colleagues and lazy students.

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