ASUU-LASU Welfare Officer loses son in accident


The Welfare Officer of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Lagos State University (LASU), Dr AbdurRasheed Adetokunbo Adenowo has lost his first his son, Usaamah, a lawyer.

Late Barrister Usaamah Adenowo

Late Barrister Usaamah Adenowo

Usaamah, aged 25, died alongside a motorcyclist that picked him from Iyana-Iba on Sunday night.

The accident occurred at Volks Bus stop on Badagry Expressway around 7.00 p.m.

The Okada rider and Usaamah were hit by a trailer while trying to avoid an oncoming Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) that drove against traffic.

”The reckless SUV driver drove the wrong way to avoid heavy traffic on the other lane.

”The Okada rider in a bid to avoid head collision with the SUV unknowingly turn towards a speeding trailer.

”That man (Usaamah) and the Okada rider were hit by the trailer and both of them died on the spot,” an eyewitness narrated.

Dr AbdurRasheed Adetokunbo Adenowo, the bereaved father of late Barrister Usaamah

Dr AbdurRasheed Adetokunbo Adenowo, the bereaved father of late Barrister Usaamah

Mr Adebanji Adeyemi, a PhD student and friend of Dr Adenowo, said that a security personnel in army uniform saw Usaamah’s Identity Card and traced the address to inform the parents.

“The Okada rider has been buried by his fellow Hausa men.

”Usaamah was buried earlier in the early hours of Monday, Nov. 5 at Isashi in Ojo Local Government,” he said.

Adeyemi, who taught the late Usaamah English Language in Vanguard Academy, a secondary school in Ijebu-Ishiwo, Ogun State, described him as a reserved and intelligent person.

“He studied Law at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Kwara State.

”He did his Masters at the University of Ibadan (UI), Oyo State and was working with a law firm in Surulere.

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”I am devastated by Usaamah’s death,” he said.

The late Usaamah was called to the Bar in 2015 after his Law School Programme in Adamawa State while he did his National Youth Service (NYSC) in 2016 in Imo State.

The late Usaamah’s friend, Abdullah Oduwole, who spoke with him earlier before his death, described the news as shocking.

“As I was about to sleep, my phone rang and the caller said, “I just heard Usaamah just died.”

“Let me confirm, we chatted during the day” I replied. As I called to confirm the story, I was shocked,” he said.

Oduwole, a former Vanguard Academy Old Students Association ( VAOSA ) President, described Usaamah as a perfect gentleman,

In his tribute, Oduwole wrote: “So humble and principled; He was so calm and would make his point known in a subtle way.

”He will always strive hard to practise what he has learnt; he never uses abusive words or castigated anybody.

”He was my General Secretary while I was the President of VAOSA .

“He was always careful of not hurting other feelings. He was quick to apologise and he will never expect compliments.

“He had won several awards and he had held many posts.”


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