The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, OAU lecturer, Dr Nicholas Igbokwe, has reportedly died on Saturday morning.
Igbokwe, the Department of Physical and Health Education, was said to have died in his office.
Although no official statement yet as to how the incident happened, a source in the department, who pleaded anonymity, said the late academic may have died late Friday without anyone knowing about it.
The source said, “His lifeless body was already cold when it was discovered around 12.00 a.m. Saturday.
“That suggests he died on Friday without anyone knowing about it. I passed by his office around 7.30 p.m. on Friday and his car was not parked at the usual spot. So, no one knew he was around.
“Some members of staff later observed light was on in his office and entered there. He was already cold by then.”
The late Igbokwe, it was learnt also, was rushed to the university’s health centre, where he was confirmed dead.
The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr. Abiodun Olarenwaju confirmed the death of Igbokwe.
Confirming the death to our correspondent on the telephone on Saturday, Olanrewaju said, “It’s a pity we lost him. Nobody expected that. He was brought in (hospital) this morning dead.”
It was gathered that Igbokwe had been rushed to the school clinic when he was discovered in his office on Saturday morning before doctors on duty confirmed him dead on arrival.
He said “I have not been fully briefed regarding the circumstances surrounding his death. From the information available to me, he was rushed to OAU health centre, but he died before getting to the facility.”