Protest as hit-and-run driver kills FUTA student


A 100-level student of the Department of Mathematics, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Ondo State, was on Wednesday crushed to death by a hit-and-run driver, leading to protest.

The victim, Israel Anuolowapo, was hit in front of the university’s main gate.

FUTA, in a statement, urged the Federal Road Safety Commission, (FRSC) Ondo State Command to intensify patrol on the route to prevent recurrence of such incident.

The statement reads: “The Federal University of Technology Akure has received with shock the death of one of its students, Israel Anuoluwapo, a year one student of mathematics.

“He was knocked down by a reckless hit and run driver some 1000 metres from the gate of the University on the Ilesha-Akure Road on Tuesday April 30.

“The student was immediately rushed to the University health Centre from where he was transferred to the State Hospital Akure due to the severity of his injuries.

“He was thereafter rushed to the Trauma centre Ondo where he died later that day.

“The University has notified and commiserated with the family of the student over the unfortunate incident and pray that God will give them the fortitude to bear the painful loss”.

The students were said to have barricaded the Ilesa-Akure Expressway before terminating the protest at the university’s gate where they were addressed by the Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Affairs.