BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The Senate on Wednesday called on the Nigerian Police high command to carry out a thorough investigation into the killing of Professor Jerome Elusiyan of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile Ife, with a view to apprehending the assailants and bringing them to justice.
The Senate equally urged the Executive arm of government to place high premium and priority on the safety of Nigerians during and after the festive period.
The Upper Chamber of the National Assembly which stated these while observing a minute silence in honour of the deceased, who died in active service to the fatherland, said Prof. Jerome Elusiyan, a professor of Pediatrics and child health; and Chairman, Medical Advisory Council of OAU Teaching Hospital, was attacked and killed on December 13, 2019, on his way to Benin at Iruekpen, Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State.
Sponsor of the Motion, Senator Francis Fadahunsi, who came under order 42 and 52 of the Senate Standing Rules, said that Elusiyan left Ife on Thursday for Ambrose Alli University on official assignment to supervise some students as an external examiner.
He added that on his way back to Benin where he intended to pass the night before moving to Ile-Ife on Saturday, he was attacked and killed by some unknown gunmen while his driver sustained gunshot injuries.
Fadahunsi said; “The erudite scholar was killed by unknown gunmen while he was in active service of impacting knowledge to the incoming generation may send fears into others who are in similar activities all over the country and other nationals who may be interested in coming to Nigeria now and in future.
“Till today, the police authority is yet to arrest anyone in connection with this gruesome murder.”