The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Saturday ordered an immediate shut down of the school. This is a follow up to a widespread protest that greeted the death of a student, Aishat Adesina, a 24-year old part 4 female student of the Department of Foreign Languages.
The school said the closure was to forestall further breakdown of law and order, Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olanrewaju, said.
All students have been directed to vacate their halls of residence and the campus, latest by noon on Saturday, 2 October 2021.
He said the late student 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 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.
Olarewaju stated that the management understood the grief resulting from this untimely death within the community and sympathised with the parents, friends, colleagues and the entire students of the University on this sad loss, and prayed for the repose of her soul.
In the meantime, the University management has put in place 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.
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.
Management said it opposed students’ engaging in other acts that were detrimental to their health and the safety of the generality of the people.