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Saturday, 6 April 2019


A. O. Subair, an academic who very recently resigned abruptly as a lectuer of the Department of Mathematics of the University of Ibadan (UI) but still lives within the university, has died under circumstances believed to be suicide at his staff quarters located on Phillipson Road, UI.
A non-academic member of staff of the university disclosed to newsmen that the deceased was suspected to have committed suicide at senior staff quarters, Phillipson Road, inside the university.
He has been buried at Akinyele public cemetery according to Islamic rites.
According to SaharaReorters, a lecturer in the Faculty of Science, which houses the late lecturer’s department, stated that Subair had been battling depression for years due to challenges in his home and career.
He already resigned but was still living on campus,” said the lecturer, who asked not to be named.
“His family had issues relating to childcare. He was a Lecturer 1and had been on his Ph. D. for 22 years, but he had supervised a lot of people who had overtaken him on the rung while he remained rooted to the same spot.
“He also had issues in his marriage. He and his wife disagreed over the care for one of their children. The wife sued him, and the court ruled in her favour, giving a directive that N60,000 should be withdrawn from his salary every month. So, he thought, well, if he resigned, there would be no salary to draw money from.
“His death wasn’t straightforward, like he slept during the day, died during the sleep, his house was engulfed by smoke and he was asphyxiated.”
Confirming the incident, Chairman Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Professor Deji Omole described the incident as pathetic and a major loss to the Union.
Omole said, “We were only informed of the burning flat while efforts to save him proved abortive.”

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