.Lagos NUJ mourns
A former Managing Director of the Daily Times Nigeria Plc, Dr. Onukaba Adinoyi Ojo, is dead. He was aged 57.
Onukaba died at about 6pm on Sunday at a village near Akure , Ondo State capital .The spot is said to be about 10 minutes to Akure.
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 .
One of his relations, Mr. Yusuf Itopa, confirmed his death to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lokoja on Monday.
He said late veteran journalist turned politician was knocked down by an oncoming vehicle while running into a nearby bush to escape an armed robbery attack.
Itopa who is devastated by the death of Onukaba, said that three of them, including his driver were travelling when they ran into a blockade mounted by armed robbers.
He said Onukaba’s corpse was later deposited at a mortuary in Akure from where it will be brought for burial on Monday in his hometown, Ihima, Okehi Local Government area of Kogi State.
The late Onukaba, who was Senior Special Assistant on Media to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, had earlier 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.
He started his journalism career in The Guardian in 1983 and made his mark covering the airport in Lagos.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Lagos State Council, has described the untimely death of former Managing Director of The Daily Times, DTN, Dr. Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo, as a great loss to journalism profession.
Lagos NUJ Chairman, Deji Elumoye in a tribute on Monday said Adinoyi-Ojo’s experience as a quintessential journalist will be missed, saying that his death through motor accident was regrettable.
While praying to God to grant his immediate family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, he recalled that Adinoyi-Ojo as a seasoned journalist who was very active as a member of The Guardian chapel of Lagos NUJ some years back “also tried all his possible best to ensure that welfare of journalists and other workers was a priority while he held sway as Daily Times MD few years back”
Adinoyi-Ojo, who made his name as a versatile Aviation Correspondent for The Guardian Newspapers rose through the ranks and got to the pinnacle of his professional calling before venturing into politics where he also made his mark especially in his home state, Kogi, where he tried twice in the past to be the governor of the state”.
Elumoye further said the death of the veteran journalist through motor accident showed the deplorable condition of the federal roads across the country and called on government to effect timely repairs of these highways “so as to reduce cases of accident and untimely death of people”.
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