Management of Obafemi Awolowo University has closed the school as a result of the student-led protest against the death of a colleague.
It also halted the inauguration of the newly elected Students’ Union and ordered students to vacate their residence halls.
Adesina Aisat, 24, died after a brief illness, prompting students to emabrk on Friday morning, blocking the Ife-Ibadan express road, believing that the school clinic did not adequately attend to the student.
Despite efforts to appease the students, management expressed dissatisfaction with their uncontrolled and continuous protest.
According to a statement issued by the University’s Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, “the Management understands the grief caused by this untimely death within the community and sympathizes with the parents, friends, colleagues, and the entire University student body on this sad loss, and prays for the repose of her soul.”
“However, Management strongly condemns the students’ continuous and uncontrolled protests, 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 general public.
“As a result, having exhausted all necessary avenues for calling the students to order and restoring normalcy to the Campus and its environs, the authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have closed down the School until further notice. This is done to prevent further breakdowns in law and order.
“In light of this, all students are hereby directed to vacate their residence halls and the Campus by 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 2, 2021.
“As a result, the swearing-in of the newly elected Students’ Union officials has been postponed pending an investigation into the situation.
“In the meantime,” the statement reads, “the University administration has put in place the machinery to unravel the circumstances surrounding the immediate and remote cause(s) of the crisis.”