Men of the Oyo State Police Command on Tuesday said they have commenced manhunt for the driver who allegedly killed an Ibadan based newscaster Mr. Olufemi Oluwajobi on the night of Sunday December 31st 2017.
The Command’s spokesperson, Adekunle Ajisebutu who said no arrest has been made yet, however, declared that the command has begun a search for the driver who escaped after knocking down Oluwajobi.
Ajisebutu said, “We have impounded the car driven by the driver and it is parked in one of our police stations.
“The driver escaped from the scene of the accident, but we are searching for him,” he said.
“We do not want to confirm anything for now. We are working frantically to apprehend the driver of the vehicle,” he added.
DAILY POST reports yesterday that Oluwajobi who was until his death a newscaster with the Ibadan based radio station owned by the popular gospel artiste, Yinka Ayefele, Fresh FM was hit by a yet to be identified driver in the night of Sunday, 31st December 2017.
His remains were committed to the mother earth Tuesday morning at the Sango government cementary where the owner of the radio station, Mr. Yinka Ayefele, family members, friends and colleagues poured encomium on him as a dedicated journalist.
Oluwajobi, fondly known as Radio MD (music dynamite), was said to be on his way to join some friends at Palms Mall, venue of Ibadan Countdown when he was mauled by a drunk and reckless driver at Challenge area of Ibadan, a few minutes drive to his Fresh FM’s office.
He was said to have been rushed to the University Teaching Hospital where he eventually gave up the ghost.
While speaking on the demise of Oluwajobi in a mail sent to DAILY POST Wednesday morning, a 2016 Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Chairmanship candidate and Correspondent of Thisday Newspapers, Alhaji Ismail Ademola Babalola described Oluwajobi as a thoroughbred professional and journalist icon.
Babalola said, “A gentleman, thoroughbred professional and journalism icon. He was a Radio Dynamite of wave-making Fresh FM Ibadan. He will be sorely missed by his admirers and colleagues in the profession.
“It was a painful exit of a promising young man. So sad!”.
Chairman, Sports Writers Association of Nigerian (SWAN), Oyo State, Alhaji Niyi Alebiosu in his reaction said it was unfortunate that the pen profession has lost a man full of life and smiles.
Alebiosu said “Nice man. Humble, respectful always passionate about his job.
“He loves Shooting Stars to a fault. Full of life and always smiling. Hardly will he get angry. Total complete man”.
Others who reacted to Oluwajobi’s death desecibed the death as unfortunate and sudden.