The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State have shut down the institution until further notice, following students’ protest over the death of their colleague.
The management said the closure was to forestall further breakdown of law and order.
This was contained in a release issued by the university’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Abiodun Olarewaju, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
In view of this, all students have been directed to vacate their halls of residence and the campus latest by 12.00 noon on Saturday, 2 October.
The development was in response to the students’ protest over the death Ms Aishat Adesina, a 24-year old 400 Level student of the Department of Foreign Languages, on 28 September.
The deceased was said to have reported to the university’s health centre with signs and symptoms of a severe infection.
She was said to be 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 30 September.
Upon examination, OAU spokesman said Aishat was referred to the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital for further management, but died at the hospital on that day.
Olarewaju stated that the management understood 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 prayed for the repose of her soul.
The statement read, “In the meantime, the university management has put in place the machinery to unravel the circumstances surrounding the immediate and remote cause(s) of the students’ protest.
“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.
“The 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.”