Following raging protests by the students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife over the death of a final year student, Aishat Omowumi Adesina, last Thursday evening, the management of the institution has shut down the campus and ordered students to vacate their halls of residence.
According to a statement issued by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju, yesterday, the management condemned “in strong terms the continuous and uncontrolled protests by the students culminating in unbridled brigandage, blocking the Ife/Ibadan and Ife/Ede highways and other adjoining roads that could be used as alternative routes.”
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The students noted that students also engaged in other acts that were detrimental to their health and the safety of the generality of the people.
Therefore, having exhausted all necessary avenues to call the students to order and allow normalcy to return to the Campus and its environs, the authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have accordingly closed down the school until further notice. This is to forestall further breakdown of law and order.“In view of this, all students are hereby directed to vacate their halls of residence and the campus latest by 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 2, 2021.“Consequently, the swearing-in of the newly elected Students’ Union officials has been put on hold, pending a review of the situation.“In the meantime, the university management has put in place the machinery to unravel the circumstances surrounding the immediate and remote cause(s) of the crisis,” the statement added.The students had staged a protest against the management of the institution over the death of a final year colleague, Adeshina, of the department of Foreign Languages.
The students, who blocked the major roads leading to the campus for several hours, accused the university’s health centre of negligence in Aishat’s death.The students said the health centre’s response to the deceased when she was brought in was not good enough.The OAU Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju, while addressing the students, said the allegation was not correct.Mr Olanrewaju said that staff at the health centre tried their best when the deceased was brought in.He said when the medical staff could not handle the case the deceased was immediately referred to a secondary hospital but Aishat later died at the hospital.Mr Olanrewaju appealed to the students to always tow the path of dialogue rather than protest to address issues.Meanwhile, the authorities, in a statement, said the deceased was a 24-year-old student of the Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Arts.According to the statement signed by Mr Olanrewaju, the deceased reported to the school’s health Centre on Sept. 28, with symptoms of a severe infection.
He added that the deceased was promptly treated with some prescribed drugs and was asked to report as an out-patient.“Miss Adesina reported back to the health centre of the institution in the morning of Thursday, Sept. 30.“After further examination, she was referred to a hospital for further management, where she regrettably died.“The management sympatises with the parents, friends, colleagues and the entire students of the university on this sad loss and pray for the repose of her soul.
The management will like to appeal to all students to remain calm and refrain from any act that can jeopardise the peace on campus and truncate the on – going Semester examinations,” he said. NAN
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