ICYMI: Nigeria’s First Professor Of Criminology, Femi Odekunle, Is Dead

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Femi Odekunle, Nigeria’s first professor of criminology and a a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption has died from Coronavirus complications, TheCable reports.

His death was confirmed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu who shared his condolences in a statement sent to Premium Times. He wrote:

“President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed utmost shock at the news of the demise of Professor Femi Odekunle, a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC.”

“The President described Professor Odekunle as valued friend and a towering intellectual giant with an impeccable knowledge of his chosen academic field, criminology and in such others as governance and administration.”

He added, “His death is very saddening,” said the president. “His lasting contributions as well as his charisma, wit and sense of humor will be sorely missed by all us, his friends and associates. May the Almighty repose his soul.”

Odekunle reportedly died at the COVID-19 isolation center in Gwagalada, Abuja. The Chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19 and secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha also hinted on Twitter about his passing.

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