The Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) community has been thown into a mourning mood, following the mysterious death of Prof. Gideon Okedayo, a senior lecturer at the institution.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the late lecturer was kidnapped on Sept. 5 at Akoko junction in Igala-Auchi road but his decomposing body was found on Sept. 10 in a bush where his abductors kept him.
A visit by the correspondent to the institution on Thursday revealed that his colleagues, lecturers, staff and students of the institution were sad and pensive.
Prof. Sunday Ogunduyile, the Vice-Chsncellor of the institution, said the news of his abduction and death was disheartening.
“It was sad we lost such an erudite professor, the institution has visited the family members. I pray that God will give them the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.
Dr Rotimi Olorunsola, the General Secretary, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU), OSUSTECH chapter, told that he was shocked to the marrow on the incident.
He said Okedayo was an easy going person and a gentkeman to the core, we urge security agencies to get to the root of the matter,” he said.
Also Dr Abiodun Oyekan, the Acting Head of Department, Mathematical Sciences, said the death of the lecturer devastated the whole institution.
“He was a good friend to colleagues and students too, we pray for the repose of his soul and the family should take solace in God,” he added.
Mr Peter Akindehinde, the Chairman, Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), also described the late lecturer, who always related well with everyone regardless of the cadre.
A student of Mathematical Sciences, Mr Emmanuel Abbah, also said that the lecturer’s death devasted students as most of them had since stayed away from school.
also reports that the late Okedayo, aged 51, was also a senior pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG); he left behind his wife, a son and a daughter.
In the burial rites released by his family, ASUU special congress would hold on Sept.13 by 10 a.m. as well as commendation service of songs by 1 p.m at the University auditorioum.
His interment would hold on Sept. 14 at his residence at Eyitemi Street near the Nigerian Customs office, Idepe in Okitipupa.
The late Okedayo untill his death, was a senior lecturer at the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Acting Dean, School of Post Graduate Studies at OSUSTECH.