Authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, on Friday announced the closure of the school following violent protest by students who blocked the Ibadan/Ife expressway and Ede road over the death of a 400-level student, Wumi Adesina.
It was learnt that the deceased who was a student in the Department of Foreign Languages was rushed to the school Health Centre for treatment but was later referred to a hospitalhospitale the school premises where she was certified dead on Thursday night.
A release by the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Abiodun Olanrewaju stated that
on Tuesday, 28th September 2021 Wumi Adesina, a 24-year old, female, Part 4 student of the Department of Foreign Languages reported to the Health Centre with signs and symptoms of a severe infection. She was promptly treated with some drugs prescribed 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, she was referred to the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital for further management where she regrettably died on Thursday 30th September 2021.
The Management understands 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 prays for the repose of her soul.
However, Management condemns 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, and engaging in other acts that are detrimental to their health and the safety of the generality of the people.
Therefore, having exhausted all necessary avenues to call the students to order and allow normalcy to return to the Campus and its environs, the authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have accordingly closed down the school until further notice. This is to forestall further breakdown of law and order.
In view of this, all students are hereby directed to vacate their halls of residence and the Campus latest by noon on Saturday, 2nd October 2021.
Consequently, the swearing-in of the newly elected Students Union officials has been put on hold, pending a review of the situation.
In the meantime, the University management has put in place the machinery to unravel the circumstances surrounding the immediate and remote cause of the crisis.