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Buhari mourns as a member of anti-corruption presidential team dies

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A member of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Femi Odekunle is reported to have died.

Prof. Odekunle was reported to have died at the COVID-19 isolation center in Gwagalada, Abuja, on Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha at the daily press briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19, had earlier remarked that “A good friend of this government just passed on at 6:30 pm”, without disclosing the details.

TheNigeriaLawyer recalls that Prof. Odekunle in July courageously kicked against the arrest of the suspended EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

Prof. Odekunle graduated from University of Ibadan in 1968, and got his PhD in Sociology and Social Psychiatry from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in the United States, in 1974.

He has been acknowledged as the first professor of criminology in Nigeria and who had lectured in several universities.

Meanwhile, PresidentMuhammadu Buhari has expressed shock at the news of the demise of Professor Femi Odekunle, a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC).

President Buhari’s condolence message was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday night by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.

The President described Professor Odekunle as valued friend and a towering intellectual giant with an impeccable knowledge of his chosen academic field, criminology and in such others as governance and administration.