AUTHORITY of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has announced the shutdown of the campus and ordered students to vacate their halls of residence.
This followed a raging protests by the students over the death of a final year student, Aishat Omowumi Adesina, last Thursday evening.
In a statement issued by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju, on Friday, the management condemned “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.”
The students noted that students also engaged in other acts that were 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 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,” the statement added.
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