OAU Provost Commits Suicide, Found Dead In Office


OAU Provost Commits Suicide, Found Dead In Office-A professor of Medicine at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has committed suicide. Professor Solomon Ogunniyi’s lifeless body was discovered early on Thursday morning in his office at Obafemi Awolowo University College of Health Sciences.

He is the Provost of the College. Source close to the college claimed that though the cause and circumstances of the death is yet to be revealed, he was suspected to have committed suicide, having willingly left late for his office in the previous night.

His refusal to arrive back overnight generated suspicion by his colleagues who most know his daily itinerary. A search for him early the following morning led to his lifeless body being discovered in his office still resting on his official chair on Thursday. A source revealed that the professor had earlier made two attempts at committing suicide, which made the colleagues sum up that at last he had succeeded. His colleagues described him as an exceptional academician, performing his duty with utmost loyalty and so loved by the college rank and file

Professor Solomon Olugbemi Ogunniyi was born 1955 at Egbe in Kogi State, Nigeria.
He attended Titcombe College, Egbe, Kogi State, Nigeria between 1969 and 1973. He proceeded to the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1973 where he had B.sc (Hons) degree in 1977 and MBChB in 1980, graduating as the best student in his class.

He had his residency training programme at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals complex, Ile Ife from 1982 to 1988 when he became a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons (FWACS) in 1988. He joined the services of Obafemi Awolowo University in 1988 as lecturer and internal Consultant and he rose through the ranks to because a professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Perinatology in 1997

Professor Ogunniyi won many Awards of distinctions among which are Best Students in School Certificate (1973), National Scholarship Award for Best Student in Preliminary Class (1973- 1974), May and Baker prize for Best Student in Part II MBChB Examination (1978), Distinction Pass in
Final Examinations in Pathology (1978), Obstetrics and Gynecology (1980), Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Prize for overall Best Student in Final MBChB Examination, Commonwealth Medical Fellowship for study and research in High Risk Obstetrics, Ultrasonography and Fetal Medicine at the University of London Royal Postgraduate medical School, Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Hammersmith Hospital, London, United Kingdom.

He is a member of many professional bodies among which are member of the society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON), Member of the Medical Defence Union Devonshire Place, Londn United Kingdom, 1992 -1993 and member of the New York P.cademy of Science, United States of America, 1994 -1999.

OAU College of Health Science Complex
OAU College of Health Science Complex

He has published over 75 full length articles in local and international scientific journals. He had attended many scientific conferences in diverse countries of the world. Professor Ogunniyi had attended many scientific conferences in diverse countries of the world.
Professor Ogunniyi had functioned in various capacities as Head, Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Perinatology, 200-2006, Chairman, Postgraduate Medical Training Committee of OAUTHC, 2001-2005 and Chairman, MDCAN (OAUTHC), 2001 -2006.

Until his death, Professor, Ogunniyi was the Provost, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

Additional Source: oauthc.com