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BREAKING NEWS: Kogi Governor’s Convoy Kills Former ASUU President Festus Iyayi in Ghastly Crash

Kayode Adelowokan

Former president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Festus Iyayi has died in a ghastly motor accident.

Former president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Festus Iyayi

Former president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Festus Iyayi

He died in an head on collision with the convoy of Kogi State governor, Alhaji Idris Wada while he was on his way to the national congress of ASUU in Kano.

Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) University of Lagos Chapter, Dr. Ogenekaro Ogbinaka, who was at the scene of the accident, confirmed his death to africanexaminer.com.

In the car with late Prof. Festus Iyayi are ASUU’s welfare secretary, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Ile and ASUU chairman, Uniben, Dr. Anthony who were badly injured and unconscious.

Ogbinaka blamed the accident on the bad portion of highway around Lokoja in Kogi state.

Jonathan Mourns Iyayi

President Goodluck Jonathan has mourned the death of the former ASUU president Dr. Iyayi describing it as tragic.

A statement issued by the president’s spokesman Dr Abati said the president extends sincere condolences to Dr. Iyayi’s family as well as his colleagues, friends and associates across the country and beyond.”

The statement further reads:

“The President joins them in mourning the renowned academic and award-winning writer who rose to national prominence in the 1980s with his courageous leadership of ASUU in its struggle for a better working environment for teachers and academics in the nation’s university system.

“He is particularly dismayed by the fact that Dr. Iyayi has sadly lost his life while going to contribute to efforts to finally resolve the current ASUU strike which has unfortunately disrupted academics in most of the nation’s universities for over four months.

“President Jonathan prays that God Almighty will comfort all who mourn Dr. Iyayi and grant his soul eternal rest.”

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