OAU Managements Shut Down School Indefinitely Over Students Protest

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The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, Osun State has ordered the immediate shut down of the school. All students have been asked to vacate their halls of residence and the campus latest by 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 2, 2021.

The management does this to condemn the continuous protest by the students, following the death of a student, Adesina Omowumi Aishat. The deceased was a 24-year-old student of the Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Arts, and had visited the health centre on Tuesday to treat an infection.

The students are protesting the death of a 400 level student of the institution, Aishat, accusing the school’s health centre of negligence in her death.

In a statement released by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, subsequently announced the immediate closure of the university and asked the students to vacate their hall of residence before 12 pm on Saturday.

The management also put on hold the swearing-in of the newly elected Students’ Union officials, pending review of the situation.

The statement read, “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 the 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 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 2, 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(s) of the crisis.”

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