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Shocking news from Obafemi Awolowo University

Ajibola Heritage Ayomikun, a 200-level female student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife has died after falling into a soak-away pit close to the private hostel where she resided. The university made this known in a statement signed by Abiodun Olarewaju, its spokesperson, on Wednesday, 9 February 2022.

Ajibola was a student at the Linguistics and African Languages department in the university. On hearing about the tragic incident, the university said it deployed rescue men to the scene. Ayomikun was, however, confirmed dead on arrival at the OAU teaching hospital.

The statement from the university read: “When the news got to us, we immediately mobilized firemen from the University, from Osun State and the OAU Teaching Hospital who through concerted efforts got the student out. She was immediately taken to the OAU Teaching Hospital Complex where she was certified dead on arrival.” 

Meanwhile, Eyitope Ogunbodede, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, has commiserated with the parents of the deceased. The VC also sympathized with other students just as he described the incident as unacceptable and promised to critically look into the circumstances that led to the student’s death.

He also vowed to mete out appropriate sanctions against those involved or whoever is found culpable. Ogunbodede appealed to the students to remain calm and law abiding as the police was also investigating the matter. 

Many Nigerians have reacted variously to Briggs Clara’s comment on the unfortunate incident on her Facebook platform. She wrote: “Hmm!!! Imagine carelessness/nonchalant ways of doing things has caused untimely death.. This is a life for crying out loud…Someone ‘a grown adult. 

 Oluwasola Kosh said: “This is really sad! This is one death that is avoidable. “There’s no acceptable explanation for this. It’s understandable that OAU is presently a shadow of its being a beautiful campus. But for this to happen in a private hostel that is supposedly expected to be modern than the ones we used over 30 years ago left much to be desired. May Ayomikun’s soul rest in peace. God please give the family and loved ones the fortitude to bear this loss.”

Fakanbi Kehinde said: “Normally, a well constructed sewage disposal, shouldn’t cave in and swallow a whole human, but, the Shylock predilection of private hostel owners in Ife, coupled with their profit-at-all cost mentality won’t allow them to do a durable work. “This is a wake-up call for the school to beam its searchlight on private hostel owners in Ife.” 

Princess Folakemi Olaosebikan Ibidire said: “Very terrible situation. How will her parents accept this news now?”

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