Colleagues and friends have paid tribute to a Benin based veteran journalist, Mr. Sunny Ojeduma who died on Sunday February 14, 2021 after a brief illness at the age of 75 years.
The deceased was remembered as a man who gallantly defended journalism profession and Nigeria when his body was laid in state at the at the Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council on Friday in Benin City, Edo State Capital where his colleagues paid him the last respect.
One of such instances, according to a former Chairman of Edo State Council of NUJ, Comrade Friday Obanor who recalled how a former military Administrator in Edo State, Navy Captain Anthony Oyearugbulem (Rted) allegedly issued a “dud cheque” as a voluntary donation to support the Press Week of Edo State Press Week by the NUJ under the radaar of cameras.
Oyearugbulem was a Nigerian navy captain who served as Military Administrator of Ondo State (August 1996 – August 1998) during the military regime of General Sani Abacha. He then became Military Administrator of Edo State in August 1998, handing over power to the Civilian governor, Chief Lucky Igbinedion in May 1999.
According to Obanor, Ojeduma dammed the consequences and
snapped the did cheque that was the former military Administrator gifted to Union led by Comrade Ramsley Abu-Osagie and wrote a report which was published by the Tempo News Magazine.
Obanor further revealed that Oyearugbulem who hogged power for few months, allegedly sent security operatives after Ojeduma who was a former Secretary of Edo State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), went underground to avoid been hunt by his traducers.
He stated that he will be greatly missed by the union, family, dogged, fearless and a committed journalist. Ojeduma lived a life of a true Comrade. He came, he saw and conquered”, he said.
In a remark, the Edo NUJ treasurer, Comrade Osaretin Emokpae who conveyed the goodwill of leadership of the Union to the family.
Emokpae who gave a good account of himself at the brief Ceremony, presented the condolence register of late Ojeduma and his framed portrait to his family and wish them well.
Also speaking, a former Secretary of Edo NUJ, Comrade Aliu Alemma Ozioruva, noted that he had a strong relationship with the late Septuagenarian after an eventful career 50 years.
Ozioruva admitted that late Ojeduma was also helpful to his cause as a a journalist who lived for the people; Just as he urged his family to deceased family to his legacy.
On his part, the Publisher of Popular News online Newspaper and a Senior Journalist, Comrade Isaac Olamikan, extolled the virtues of the departed colleague with high sense of humour.
Prayers were said before the late veteran journalist continued his final journey home on Saturday at his hometown, Ohonmora in Owan West Local Government Area of the State.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Joy Ojeduma with 12 Children.