Gbenga Odogu with agency reports
A former Managing Director of Daily Times, Dr. Adinoyi Onukaba, is dead. He was aged 57.
The veteran Journalist was crushed to death by a hit-and-run driver who was trying to escape an armed robbery attack along the Akure-Ilesa Expressway on Sunday evening.
It was gathered that the widely travelled journalist, academic, playwright and biographer was hit by a vehicle while trying to escape from robbers operating along the expressway at Iro town in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Mr. Femi Joseph, Onukaba had purportedly got out of his vehicle to escape the robbery attack when the oncoming vehicle hit him.
He was said to have died on the spot.
A source narrated that the deceased, who was in company with one of his friends, was travelling to Kogi State from Abeokuta, Ogun State, where he attended the inauguration of the Presidential Library built by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, when the incident happened.
Another source said that Onukaba was killed when a vehicle, in an attempt to flee from the robbers, crushed him where he was hiding in a bush.
His corpse was reportedly deposited at the morgue of the Ondo State Specialists’ Hospital, Akure.
The police spokesman, who described the death of Onukaba as unfortunate, explained that investigation had commenced into the case.
Meanwhile, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has described the death of Onukaba as shocking and painful beyond words.
In a statement released by his media office in Abuja, on Monday, Atiku described the late journalist as loyal and reliable.
The statement said, “Onukaba was at my house just on Friday. He visited me just before travelling out of Abuja. I had no idea that it was the last time I would ever set eyes on him.
“Ojo had little concern for material things. He was a pure intellectual, motivated only by the desire to give the best that his brain had to offer.”
A relative, Yusuf Itopa, also confirmed the death, saying that the corpse of the departed journalist would be brought for burial at his Ihima hometown in the Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State.
The late Onukaba, who was a Senior Special Assistant on Media to Atiku had earlier lost his first wife, Rachael, about five years ago.
Onukaba is survived by three children, two girls and a boy.
He obtained his PhD in 1996 from New York University.