The principal of Ijokodo Junior Secondary School 1, Ibadan, Oyo State Mr Segun Dare, was on Wednesday, found dead along the street to his home at Citaga area, Sango-Eleyele road, face down in a gutter, with his mobile handset in his pocket and a polythene bag containing soup ingredients.
It was gathered that the deceased left his home in the afternoon of Tuesday, September 3, to go to a first generation bank along Sango-Eleyele road but could not do what he intended doing there as he got there late and he reportedly called his wife and told her that he did not achieve his objective, informing her that he was returning home immediately.
When he failed to turn up at home as he promised, his wife called his number and a strange voice picked up the call telling her to get off the line as her husband was busy and would call her later.
Not too long after, the voice called to inform her that she could call her husband if she wished but her attempts at speaking with the deceased failed as her calls went unanswered.
The search party continued the following morning when his body was discovered.
The wife was said to have raised a search party which went round without locating the principal until late into Tuesday night.
Since the discovery of the principal’s body, there had been speculations that he was probably killed by some hoodlums who had been going to the school compound to smoke Indian hemp.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, Olabisi Okuwobi-Ilobanafor said that it’s a case of sudden and unnatural death. “The body of the man was found on Monday morning face down. It was taken to the morgue. We are waiting for autopsy to determine what actually killed him. It is too early to jump into a conclusion,” she said.