SPONSORED BY KODUGA.COM: A former Managing Director of the Daily Times Nigeria Plc, Dr. Adinoyi-Ojo Onukaba is dead. He was aged 57.
Onukaba died at about 6pm on Sunday at Ero Village, a few metres to Igbaraoke in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State.
It is about 10 minutes to Akure, the state capital.
He was on his way back to Abuja from Abeokuta, Ogun State, where he had joined other dignitaries for the inauguration of the Obasanjo Presidential Library.
Sources said the deceased noticed a long queue of vehicles at Ero village and alighted from the vehicle only to discover that it was a robbery incident, a development which prompted him to run into the bush alongside other passengers.
A car that also escaped from the scene coming from the Akure end of the road reportedly lost control and hit him (Onukaba), where he hid. The driver of the vehicle eventually escaped.
Police spokesman Femi Joseph confirmed the incident, describing it as unfortunate. Joseph, who said the command has started investigation on the incident, said the body of the deceased has been released to the family.
The spot, where Onukaba was killed, has been identified as haven of armed robbers, where they even operate in the day light.
A top official of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Akure, Sola Abe, was on February 24 killed in the area after he was kidnapped along with his driver on their way to Lagos.
One of Onukaba relations, Mr. Yusuf Itopa, confirmed his death in Lokoja yesterday. Itopa, who was devastated by Onukaba’s death, said three of them, including his driver were travelling when they ran into a blockade mounted by armed robbers.
He said Onukaba’s body was later deposited at a mortuary in Akure from where it was expected to be transfered to his hometown, Ihima, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State for burial.
The late Onukaba, who was Senior Special Assistant on Media to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, lost his first wife, Rachael, about five years ago.
He, however, remarried in 2015 to Memunat. Onukaba is survived by three children – two girls and a boy.