The management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile Ife, Osun State says it has put in place the machinery to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of an undergraduate student of the institution, Aishat Omowumi Adesina.
It also said it would investigate the subsequent protests that erupted on Friday after the demise of the student.
The Precision NG reports that management of the University announced the school’s closure on Friday evening following protests by students which led to the blockage of Ife-Ibadan and Ife-Ede highways.
The students had protested the death of their colleague which they alleged was due to negligence on the part of workers at the University’s health facility.
But the University’s authority in a statement obtained on Friday by The Precision NG exonerated workers at the health centre of any medical misdiagnosis.
Read the full statement below:
On Tuesday, 28th September, 2021 ADESINA Omowumi Aishat, a 24-year old, female, Part 4 student of the Department of Foreign Languages reported to the Health Centre with signs and symptoms of a severe infection. She was promptly treated with some drugs prescribed and asked to report back as an out-patient. She reported back to the Health Centre in the morning of Thursday, 30th September, 2021. Upon examination, she was referred to the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital for further management where she regrettably died on Thursday 30th September, 2021.
A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that the Management understands the grief resulting from this untimely death within the community and sympathises with the parents, friends, colleagues and the entire students of the University on this sad loss, and prays for the repose of her soul.
However, Management condemns 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, and engaging in other acts that are 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, 2nd October, 2021.
Consequently, the swearing-in of the newly elected Students’ Union officials has been put on hold, pending a review of the situation.