Barely a week after the death of one Mr. Akorede Omolola, a 300L Microbiology student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, who slumped at the football training pitch and died at the University Health Centre on Friday 17, May 2019, his friends, colleagues and beloved ones decided to pay his last respect as arranged by the departmental executives of the Department of Microbiology.
The candlelight procession which was said to have started at the Biological Sciences building of the University around 8:00pm down to the University Health Centre where he was confirmed dead last week as a result of negligence and unequipped medical equipment as narrated by a reliable eyewitness.
According to a colleague of the deceased, the candlelight procession was said to be a very sad one as the students were in black attire, crying and weeping uncontrollably from the department down to the health centre.
The student who spoke under anonymity for fear of persecution, said it was a surprise when the University PRO in person of Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, the Chief Security Officer and other security personnel showed up at the event. “We thought they came around to sympathize with us but it was the other way round.”
“The Security personnel were taking pictures at the event. Though, we neglected them and left for the Student Union Building after exercising our franchise at the Health Centre, with mourning songs as tears rolled down our cheeks.” He emphasised.
“While we were walking down to the SUB, though in the middle of the road, the University PRO got down from his vehicle, only for him to condemn our procession and slapped one of the us.”
“We later marched to the SUB where we paid Korede his last respect and we dropped our candles. Even at the SUB, the University PRO and the security personnel still came, hanging around, watching us and taking our pictures.” he concluded.
Consequently, in a conversation with the University PRO, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, he denied slapping any of the students. In his words, “How would I slap any of the students? Though I was at the event with some other security personnel but immediately one of them sighted me in my car, he called his fellow students. They started shouting on top of their voice with the lyrics ‘one of our enemies is here’ and banging the bonnet of my car. If only they had to chance to beat me up, they definitely will. That I slapped one of the students is a false allegation.”
By Gbolahan Latinwo