OAU closes indefinitely over protest against student’s death

Obafemi Awolowo University OAU

The management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile Ife, Osun State has closed down the institution until further notice following students’ unrest over the death of their colleague.

The varsity’s spokesman Abiodun Olarewaju in a statement on Friday said all students are to vacate their halls of residence and the campus latest by noon on Saturday, October 2, 2021.

Mr Olanrewaju had on Friday issued a press release which stated that on September 28, Aishat Adesina, a 24-year old female, part 4 student of the Department of Foreign Languages died.

He 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. She reported back in the morning on September 30.

Upon examination, the release said, she was referred to the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital for further management where she died on the same day.

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.

The spokesman said the varsity had 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.

Olarewaju added that the OAU management condemned the continuous 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.