OAU leadership closes institution and asks students to leave university residences – the Sun Nigeria
By Lateef Dada, Osogbo
The management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OUA), Ile-Ife, closed the institution and ordered students to leave their residences until further notice.
A statement issued Friday evening by OAU Public Relations Officer (PRO) Abiodun Olanrewaju said the closure was aimed at preventing the collapse of public order.
The students had embarked on a demonstration following the death of Adesina Aishat, a 24-year-old student in the last year of the Department of Foreign Languages.
They blamed the health workers at the facility’s clinic for their negligence which caused the death of their colleague.
When the demonstration started, the management announced the closure of the institution and ordered the students to leave their residences until further notice.
The PRO of the institution said: “On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, Adesina Omowumi Aishat presented to the health center with signs and symptoms of a serious infection. She was quickly treated with certain prescribed medications and invited to an outpatient clinic. She returned to the health center on the morning of Thursday, September 30, 2021. After examination, she was referred to the Seventh-day Adventist hospital for further care where she unfortunately died on Thursday, September 30, 2021.
“The leadership understands the grief resulting from this untimely death within the community and sympathizes with parents, friends, colleagues and all students at the University for this sad loss, and prays for the rest of his soul.
“However, management strongly condemns the continued and uncontrolled protests by students which have resulted in unbridled brigandage, blocking the Ife / Ibadan and Ife / Ede highways and other adjacent roads that could be used as alternative routes, and indulging in other acts which are prejudicial to their health and the safety of the population as a whole.
“Therefore, after having exhausted all the necessary channels to call the students to order and allow the return to normalcy on the campus and its surroundings, the authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, consequently closed the school until further notice. This is to avoid a further collapse of law and order.
“With this in mind, all students are asked to leave their residence and the Campus no later than Saturday October 2, 2021 at 12 noon.
“As a result, the swearing-in of the newly elected Student Union officials has been suspended, pending a review of the situation.
“In the meantime, the university leadership has put in place the mechanisms to unravel the circumstances surrounding the immediate and distant cause (s) of the crisis.”
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