Veteran journalist and member of the All Progressives Congress, Dr. Adinoyi Ojo Onukaba, is dead.
Ojo-Onukaba, a governorship aspirant in the last Kogi Primary election, was reportedly killed on the Ilesha-Akure Road on his way back from the inauguration of President Olusegun Obasanjo Library.
The Special Adviser on Political Matters to President Muhammadu Buhari, Sen. Babafemi Ojudu, said he was reportedly killed in an encounter with armed robbers.
“Onukaba was a brilliant and incorruptible journalist. He stood out among his colleagues then as aviation correspondent for The Guardian where he met and struck friendship with Obasanjo,” Ojudu wrote on his Facebook page, adding that he would be buried later today.
Ojudu in his tribute described Onukaba, who was also a playwright, as a man of noble ideas and ideals.
“Onukaba was a good man. He brimmed with great vision for his people, which he could not bring to reality,” he added.
One of his relations, Mr. Yusuf Itopa, who broke the news on Monday, said the 57-year-old died at about 6 pm on Sunday at a village near Akure, Ondo State capital. The spot is said to be about 10 minutes to Akure.
He said the 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 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 taken for burial today in his home town, Ihima, in 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.