A former Managing Director of the Daily Times Nigeria Plc, Dr Onukaba Adinoyi Ojo is dead. He was aged 57.
Onukaba died at about 6pm on Sunday at a village near Akure , Ondo State capital . The spot is said to be about ten minutes to Akure.
He was on his way back to Abuja from Abeokuta , Ogun State, where he had joined other dignitaries to attend the inauguration of Obasanjo Presidential Library .
One of his relations, Mr Yusuf Itopa confirmed his death to the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) in Lokoja on Monday.
He said an oncoming vehicle while running into a nearby bush to escape an armed robbery attack knocked down that late veteran journalist turned politician.
Itopa who is devastated by the death of Onukaba said that three of them, including his driver were traveling when they ran into a blockade mounted by armed robbers.
He said Onukaba’s ‘s corpse was later deposited at a mortuary in Akure from where it will be brought for burial today in his hometown, Ihima , Okehi Local Government area of Kogi State.
The late Onukaba who was Senior Special Assistant on media to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar had earlier lost his first wife , Rachael about five years ago.
Three children, two girls and a boy survive Onukaba. He started his journalism career in The Guardian in 1983 and made his mark covering the airport in Lago
Onukaba got to the peak of his journalistic career in August 1999 when he was appointed Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the then ailing Daily Times of Nigeria PLC.
Onukaba returned to the presidency as Senior Special Assistant to the former Vice president Atiku Abubakar on Public Communications between July 2003 and April 2005.
Apart from his books on Atiku Abubakar and Olusegun Obasanjo, he also co-authored Born to Run”, a biography of Late Dele Giwa, with Pulitzer winner Dele Olojede.
Onukaba despite his journalistic career never divorced himself from his first love, Theatre Arts.
Thus, he had written several plays, some which are Her Majesty’s Visit, A Resting Place, Tower of Burden, The Virginity Flee, The Lone Ranger, Bargain Hunting, and Soommalliyya.
His play, “The Killing Swamp” was one of the three finalists for the 2010 NLNG Literature Awards.