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Updated: 500-level OAU Student Reportedly Beaten To Death Over Alleged Phone Theft in School Hostel, Management Reacts


Updated: 500-level OAU Student Reportedly Beaten To Death Over Alleged Phone Theft in School Hostel, Management Reacts

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A 500-level student of Obafemi Awolowo University, ile-ife whose name has not been unveiled publicly has been reportedly beaten to death on campus over alleged phone theft.

The deceased was accused of stealing a mobile phone at Awolowo hall of residence on school campus. .

Olayiwole Folahan Festus, SUG President in a statement made available to newsmen confirmed the death of the student.

The statement reads: “I regret to announce the death of a Part 5 student assaulted in a mob action at Awo Hall yesterday. The student was declared dead on arrival at the Emergency Medicine Department of OAU Teaching Hospital this afternoon.”

Preliminary investigations show that the deceased was accused to have stolen a phone. While we await official report from the law enforcement agencies, I must state that this incidence is a very sad one to Great Ife Students’ Union because our Union is not a Union of barbarians but that of intellectuals.”

Arrests and investigations of individuals suspected to be connected with the assault of the deceased are being made for consequent legal actions. Our Union does not support mob actions and justice must be served in this incident. Pending investigations of this unfortunate development, the activities of Hall Executive Council of Awo Hall are suspended immediately.”

“What has just happened is most inhumane. Justice must be served accordingly irrespective of who is involved. Mob actions are banned and not allowed on OAU campus!”

” I reassure Great Ife students that the Union is working assiduously with the school authorities and the relevant law enforcement officers to make sure that justice is meted out appropriately!”

Efforts made by Vreporters to speak with the Dean of Students’ Affairs, Prof. Olalekan Aransi proved abortive as the Don urged the reporter to call back later.

Also, the welfare officer of the union, Dada Arafat could not be heard clearly when contacted get more details on the tragic incident.

Reacting to the ugly development, the management of the institution in a statement by its Public relations officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju on Tuesday said; “The administration of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State,has condemned, in strong terms, the incidence that led to the deathof a part 5 student of the institution” .

Olanrewaju added that thestudent died of a mob action on the allegation that he stole a phone.

Saddened by this ugly development which he described asunfortunate, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Adebayo Simeon BAMIRE,has set up a committee to unravel the circumstances that led to this incident.

The action of the mob, being a violation of the law of the country and of the University regulations, has been reported to the police who have commenced investigations.

“The University administration hereby commiserates with the parents of the deceased, staff and students, and prays that God will grant us the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.Students are strongly admonished to desist from taking laws intotheir hands and to report any criminal activities to the Universityauthorities for immediate actions”.

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