The Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Professor Solomon Ogunniyi is dead. He was found unresponsive in his office on Thursday and medical examination at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital confirmed him dead.
Students and colleagues had forced down Ogunniyi’s office door when he would not respond to calls nor emerge from the office. He was aged 60 years, and had a wife and two kids.
The university authorities ruled out murder, but noted the don must have slumped and then passed on. The incident of Ogunniyi’s death occurred barely 3 months following the brutal murder of Dr. Deji Adejobi of the Department of Agricultural Economics by unknown assassins; and the sudden disappearance of Prof. James Olomo of the Department of Nuclear Physics in 2013.
Prof. Ogunniyi was born in 1955 in Egbe, Kogi State, and attended Titcombe College in Egbe 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.
He had his residency training programme at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals complex, Ile Ife from 1982 to 1988 after he became a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons (FWACS).
Ogunniyi became employed as a lecturer I/Consultant in 1988 at the Obafemi Awolowo University, and subsequently rose to become a professor of Obstetrics, Gynaecology 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 Gynaecology (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 was the Head, Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Perinatology between 2000 and 2006; Chairman, Postgraduate Medical Training Committee of OAUTHC between 2001 and 2005, and; Chairman, MDCAN (OAUTHC) between 2001 and 2006.
Ogunniyi published over 75 articles in local and international scientific journals; and was a member of several professional bodies within and outside the country.