On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, ADESINA Omowumi Aishat a 24 years old, a student majoring in Foreign Languages Part 4, reported to the Health Centre with signs and symptoms of a severe infection. He was immediately treated with some prescribed medication and asked to report to the outpatient clinic. He returned to the health center on Thursday morning, September 30, 2021. During the examination, he was sent to the Adventist Hospital for further treatment on the seventh day, where he died on Thursday, September 30, 2021.
A statement from Abiodun Olarewaju, the university’s public relations officer, said that management understands the sadness of premature deaths in this community and sympathizes with parents, friends, colleagues and all students at this sad loss and prays for their peace of mind.
However, the leadership strongly condemned the ongoing and uncontrolled student protest, which led culminating in unbridled brigandage, that blocked the Ife/Ibadan and Ife/Ede highways and other surrounding roads that could be used as alternative routes and other harmful actions for their health and the safety of ordinary people.
As a result, having exhausted all necessary means to encourage students to clean up and return to normal on campus and its surroundings, the authorities at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have closed the school until further notice. This is to prevent further interference.
In light of this, all students are encouraged to leave their residences and campuses by 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 2, 2021.
As a result, the newly elected student oath was postponed until the situation was reviewed.
Meanwhile, the university administration has set up mechanisms to uncover the immediate and remote causes of the crisis.