Following the death of a penultimate year student of the University of Ibadan, Richard Gbadebo, 20, who was reportedly died at a soap-making making factory in Ibadan on Tuesday. The Students’ Union of the institution has reacted to the circumstances surrounding his death.
The union in a statement issued on Wednesday by its Public Relations officer, Oladeji Olawunmi Abiodun expressed shock over his death.
“The news of the death of our 200 level student from the department of European Studies – German, Richard Gbadebo, reached us in the early hours of Tuesday 28th of July, 2020. It was reported that Richard died while at work with Henkel (producers of Waw Soap).
“The Students’ Union executives, Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall Warden (represented the school management), the Faculty and Departmental Executives of the deceased, greatest Uites and NAUS Executives were at the home of the deceased to pay a condolence visit and to express our regrets over the death of one of us.”
The Akeju-led Students’ Union added that, it proceeded to the company for a protest to show their displeasure and were able to make sure the company visited the home of the deceased and as well pushed for ways to support the family.
“While at the company, the Special Adviser on Youths and Sports to Governor of Oyo State, Hon. Kazeem Bolarinwa and Special Assistant to the Governor on Student Affairs, Hon. Oloyede Victor also arrived to ensure proper steps and measures were taken.
“We will like to appreciate all students that showed up today. We were able to constructively table our demands and grievances and we got them addressed. Be assured of our follow up.
“We pray that God consoles the family and friends he left behind. May the soul of Richard Gbadebo rest in peace.”
Some students who preferred not to be mentioned said, when they got to the company they noted that, none of the supervisors were at their respective duty posts when the heart-wretching incident occurred.
VReporters also noted that, the late Gbadebo was the only male child his father had.
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