The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Osun State have closed down the institution until further notice.
The development comes in the wake of a students’ protest over the death of their colleague.
Equally important, the decision was taken in a bid to forestall further breakdown of law and order. This was contained in a release issued by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju and released to newsmen on Friday, in Ile-Ife.
In view of the action, all students have been directed to vacate their halls of residence and the campus; latest by 12 noon on Saturday, 2nd October, 2021.
Olanrewaju had on Friday issued a press release which stated that on Tuesday, 28th September, 2021; one Aishat Adesina, a 24-year old female, Part 4 student of the Department of Foreign Languages, had died. The release said that the deceased had reported to the university’s Health Centre with signs and symptoms of a severe infection.
She was promptly treated with some prescribed drugs and asked to report back as an out-patient. Thereafter, she reported back to the Health Centre in the morning of Thursday, 30th September, 2021.
Upon examination, the release said, she 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; adding that it empathizes with the parents, friends, colleagues and the entire students of the University on the sad loss; even as it prayed for the repose of her soul.
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.
Consequently, the swearing-in of the newly elected Students’ Union officials has been put on hold; pending a review of the situation, the release said.
The Management of OAU 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.
Further, it 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.