James Sowole in Akure
Sequel to the violent protest by students which led to the destruction of property within and outside the institution, the authorities of the Ondo State-owned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA) has directed the immediate closure of the school.
The AAUA Vice Chancellor, Prof Igbekele Ajibefun, who gave the directive in a statement signed by the Acting Registrar, Mr Sunday Ayeerun, also announced the suspension of the ongoing semester examinations until further notice.
The university directed all students to vacate the campus and halls of residence immediately.
The students who were protesting the death of one of their colleagues, who was knocked down by a motorcyclist, caused confusion in the university town for several hours on Saturday as they trooped out on the ever busy Owo-Ikare Road.
The deceased identified as Ojo Afolabi Daniel was a 200level student in the Department of Economic Education of the institution , who also operates a commercial motorcycle, the proceeds from which he use to sponsor himself in school.
A source said the deceased was knocked down by a high speed motorcyclist while died in the school ambulance on the way to Federal Medical Centre, Owo.
The students were said to have embarked on the protest due to what they called the failure of the university authority to provide adequate facilities in the school ambulance.
One of the protesters said “the school has an ambulance without oxygen, if there was oxygen in the ambulance, our colleague would not have died before getting to Owo, which is less than 30 minutes journey from Akungba”
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