Former Atiku’s spokesperson killed while fleeing armed robbery

A former Managing Director of Daily Times Nigeria Plc, Adinoyi Ojo Onukaba, is dead. He was aged 57.

Mr. Onukaba, who was also a former spokesperson to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, died at about 6p.m. on Sunday at a village near Akure, Ondo State capital.

One of his relations, Yusuf Itopa, confirmed his death to the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) in Lokoja on Monday.

He said that journalist-turned-politician was knocked down by an oncoming vehicle while running into a nearby bush to escape an armed robbery attack.

He was on his way back to Abuja from Abeokuta, Ogun State, where he had joined other dignitaries to attend the inauguration of Obasanjo Presidential Library.

Mr. Itopa said Mr. Onukaba, his driver, and one other person, were traveling when they ran into a blockade mounted by armed robbers.

He said Mr. Onukaba’s body was later deposited at a mortuary in Akure, from where it will be brought for burial today in his hometown, Ihima, Okehi Local Government area of Kogi State.

Mr. Onukaba lost his first wife , Rachael, about five years ago, and later remarried in 2015 to Memunat.

He is survived by three children, two girls and a boy.

He started his journalism career in The Guardian in 1983.




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  • ilubarde

    A brilliant journalist! What a waste. May you find the rest that we all deserve.

  • Mr. Abdin

    May his soul rest in peace. Amen.

  • sirOscie

    My condolence to the Onukaba’s and May the soul of Dr Onukaba Adinoyi Ojo Rest in the LORD’s bosom.

  • Gary

    Another victim of the lawless times in Nigeria. Onukaba as the Airport Corespondent of The Guardian newspaper broke the story of the 53 suitcases cleared through Lagos Airport by a Northern Emir while the country was under a lockdown by military dictator Muhammadu Buhari in 1984 to change the currency (one of his desperate moves then to stave off economic collapse).

    Onukaba now falls victim to the economic hardship that Buhari has brought again to Nigeria. So sad. RIP.

  • Sam

    May God almighty forgive his wrongful deeds and accept his good deeds . Rest in peace

  • Aki


    Premium times is annoying me, please. How can you say somebody running
    440 into thick bush is a dignitary? Do you have dictionary in that Premium Times?
    When you say dignitary you are talking of someone like Queen of England, not
    somebody running from armed robbers only to be hit by oncoming vehicle. That’s
    not dignitary in the meaning of dictionary. That one is called victim of a failed state.
    I pity the young man. Msy God help the widow and the orphans he left behind too.

  • Sir Louis

    RIP, Dr. Onukaba. Intellectual, brilliant man, journalist and Writer. May you find peace with the saint’s triumphant.

  • aisha ani

    RIP, Dr. Onukaba. We are still in shock at the news of your death, such a shame that you did not finish all that you set out to accomplish. The lord knows best.

  • Hans d’Orville

    Hans d’Orville
    My dearest Ojo – we are shocked and in deep mourning. Rest In Peace!! You left us too early in such a cruel manner. Your talents, your kindness and your experience will be sorely missed. We pray for your wife, your children and your entire family. Our friendship will last forever!