Niger: Police launch investigation into murder of FUTMinna lecturer


The Niger State Police Command has launched investigations into the circumstances behind the killing of a lecturer with the Federal University of Technology (FUTMinna), Mrs Adefolalu Funmilola, by unidentified persons.

It was gathered that the lecturer was murdered at home in Gbaiko area of Minna on Sunday.

Saga Gist learned that the deceased, an associate professor from the department of biochemistry of the institution, was expected to be promoted to professor before the end of 2023.

He explained that on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at about 10am some friends of Mrs Adefolalu, a lecturer at FUTMinna, visited her residence in Gbaiko Area of Minna due to her inability to get her on the phone.

“Unfortunately, on getting to the house, the visitors met her lying in a pool of her own blood with marks of injury on her body.”

He stated that two knives with blood stains suspected to have been used to stab her by unknown person(s) were recovered from the scene.

Abiodun added that the body was taken to IBB Hospital, Minna, where she was confirmed dead, adding that the unfortunate incident is under investigation

Also, when contacted, the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), FUTF Minna chapter, Bolarin Gbolahan, confirmed the incident to newsmen.

He described attacks being unleashed on academicians as strange.

Gbolahan noted that lecturers in Nigeria are becoming an endangered species as they were being abducted and killed, attributing it to the state of insecurity that pervades the nation due to failure in the system.

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