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LAUTECH professor, Olajire slumps and dies during prayers


Abass Olajire, a professor at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in Ogbomoso on Friday slumped and died.

Olajire, who was 59, died while observing Juma’at prayers.

He was the Professor of Industrial/Environmental Chemistry.

Family sources have said the late scholar would be buried in Ibadan on Saturday, according to Islamic rites.

LAUTECH’s Public Relations Officer, Lekan Fadeyi, also confirmed the professor’s death to The PUNCH.

Fadeyi said, “The University Management is devastated at the sudden death of
Abass Abiola Olajire, a renowned researcher and erudite Professor of Industrial/Environmental Chemistry, whose research interest was in Petroleum Chemistry and Green synthesis of Nanoparticles/Application.

“Acting Vice-Chancellor, LAUTECH, Professor Mojeed Olaide Liasu, who became perplexed at the receipt of the sad news, said Professor Abass was a shining star in the institution, and described his passage as a big blow.

“He prayed Almighty Allah to overlook his transgressions and forgive his sins, preparatory to granting him a space in Aljanah Firdaous.”

Olajire was recently listed among the top scholars in the world, according to a ranking released by Elsevier B. V (Netherlands) and a team of researchers led by Prof. John P.A. loannidis from Stanford University, United States.

He was ranked 128th of 66,925 of the top world scientists in the world in March 2021.

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