The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on Thursday, called on personnel of the Nigeria Police Force to track down and arrest killers of one of its members, Professor Opeyemi Ajewole.
Some yet-to-be-identified gunmen had killed Ajewole, a top staff of the University of Ibadan (UI), who was a professor of social and environmental forestry, at Olororo, Ojoo area of Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
The killing reportedly happened at about 9pm on Monday, June 5, when the scholar was heading home.
The assailants were said to have also stolen the late professor’s Toyota Corolla vehicle.
Nigeria’s Vice President, Kashim Shettima had commiserated with the family of the late Prof. Opeyemi Ajewole.
ASUU in a statement signed by its Chairman, Professor Ayo Akinwole on Thursday condemned the gruesome murder of Adewole in totality.
The association urged the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba to assist the Oyo State Police Command with all logistics support needed to unravel and arrest the killers of the don.
It also tasked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to take passionate interest and ensure the security operatives unmasked the faces behind the murder of the deceased.
The statement reads in part; “The hearts of every ASUU-UI member are bleeding so profusely as if pierced by swords. Our bones shook so tremendously as if our marrows were naked in the tundra region.
“We condemn in totality the gruesome murder of our comrade, Professor Opeyemi Isaac Ajewole and charge the security operatives to track down and apprehend the perpetrators of this dastardly act, with a view to unravelling the motive behind the incident, as well as bringing the perpetrators to book.”
“The Union wishes to use this teary occasion of Professor Ajewole’s sudden death to call on the Nigerian state to resolutely tackle the problem of insecurity in the country, apprehend the killers of Professor Ajewole and punish them most appropriately.
“This is the least tribute that this nation can pay to our fallen hero and friend- Professor Opeyemi Isaac Ajewole,” the statement added.