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OAU Mgt Shuts Down Campus over Students’ Rampage for Death of Colleague

The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife has shut down the institution. The authorities warned all students to vacate the campus hostels before midday on Saturday, October 2. The university said this is to forestall a further breakdown of law and order which erupted in the institution following the death of a female student.

According to the management, a final year student of the Department of Foreign Languages, Adesina Omowumi Aishat, had reported to the university healthcare centre over a breathing problem. She was examined and then treated with some prescription drugs. She was asked to report back to the clinic as an outpatient.

The deceased reported back to the clinic on Thursday, September 30, but was then promptly referred to the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital for further management. The public relations officer for the university, Abiodun Olanrewaju, reported that Aishat died that same day after getting to Seventh Day Adventist Hospital.

On hearing of the demise of their colleague, the students of the university took to the streets to protest poor medical management of the issue. Olanrewaju said they blocked the Ife-Ibadan expressway and Ife-Ede highway as well, blocking all adjoining roads and alternative routes that motorists could use to reach important parts of Osun State.

The PRO said the students carried on with acts deemed detrimental to their own wellbeing and the general safety of people in the environs. He added that the university will be shut down to protect lives and property while enabling the authorities to investigate the causes of the widespread protests.

“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, have accordingly closed down  the school until further notice,” Olanrewaju stated. “This is to forestall further breakdown of law and order.”

The management also added that “the swearing-in of the newly elected Students’ Union officials has been put on hold, pending a review of the situation.”