OAU sends students home

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To forestall a breakdown of law and order, authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have closed down the institution until further notice, as students protest the death of a colleague.

The Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju in a press statement, said all students have been directed to vacate their halls of residence and the campus, latest by 12:00 noon on Saturday, 2nd October, 2021.

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Olarewaju had earlier disclosed that one Aishat Adesina, a 24-year old female, Part 4 student of the Department of Foreign Languages died in September 30 after being treated for a severe infection.

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She was initially treated at the University’s Health Centre in the morning of Thursday, 30th September, 2021 and was referred to the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, for further management where she regrettably died on the same day.

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Olarewaju stated that the management understood 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 prayed for the repose of her soul.

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In the meantime, the University management has put in place a machinery to unravel the circumstances surrounding the immediate and remote cause(s) of the students’ protests.

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The swearing-in of the newly elected Students’ Union officials has also been put on hold, pending a review of the situation, the release said.

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Management also 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 to the school.

It further stated that students’ engaging in other acts that were detrimental to their health and the safety of the generality of the people was opposed by the school authorities.

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