The remains of former president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Prof. Festus Iyayi, who died in an auto crash on Lokoja-Abuja road, while traveling to Kano for the union’s National Executive Council(NEC) meeting, were on Wednesday moved from Lokoja to Benin by his relations.
According to the Chief Medical Director, Kogi State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja, Dr. Paul Amodu, the late professor’s younger brother, led other relations to collect the corpse at about 12 noon, with an ambulance of the Federal University, Lokoja.
He added that the team also comprised officials from the University of Benin.
Amodu said that Iyayi was brought in dead to the hospital few minutes after noon on Tuesday.
He said that the National Welfare Officer of ASUU, Dr Ngozi Ilo and Dr Anthoni Emina, were also brought to the hospital with various degrees of injuries and fracture, but they have been taken away from the hospital by their relations.
The medical director said that the possible cause of late Iyayi’s death might be a left rib injury which, he said penetrated into his heart.
He also talked of shock as the late professor was believed to be hypertensive and had some drugs found on him as at the time of the crash.
Amodu said all the victims were treated free of charge as directed by Gov. Idris Wada of Kogi State.
Late Prof. Iyayi, along with other members of ASUU, were on their way to Kano to attend the NEC meeting of the union when their bus and a car on Gov. Wada Idris motorcade collided.