By SaharaReporters, New York
A renowned pro-democracy activist and prominent economist, Baba Omojola, has died in Akure, the capital of Ondo State.
Mr. Omojola, who earned a PhD, died a few hours after submitting a presentation to the National Dialogue Committee in Ondo State early today.
Baba, as he was famously known, was a prominent figure during Nigeria’s pro-democracy struggles of the late and early 1990s.
Mr. Omojola was one of five activists known as “Kuje Five” who were arrested and clamped into military detention after Nigerian students engaged in massive protests to force out the Ibrahim Babangida dictatorship in 1992. Gani Fawehinmi, Femi Falana, Olusegun Mayegun, and Beko Ransome-Kuti were the other members of “Kuje Five.”
A source close to Mr. Omojola’s family told SaharaReporters that his death was “a stunning event,” adding that he was not aware of the cause of death. The deceased democracy activist was 75 years old.