A 300-level student of the Department of Accounting, Faculty of Administration, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Abiodun Babalola, has died from injuries sustained when gunmen attacked the ‘Adam and Eve Hostel,’ located at the Parakin Area, along Ede-Road in Ile-Ife.
Sources told newsmen that the robbers, who were armed, had on Saturday evening attacked the students in the hostel, with many sustaining various degrees of injuries.
While confirming the development, the Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, explained that as soon as the matter was brought to the notice of the university, the university’s security operatives swung into action and rescued the victims from their attackers. According to Olarewaju, the victims were instantly moved to the university’s health Centre before Babalola and a few others were referred to the teaching hospital.
He added: “As soon as the university heard the news, we immediately moved in, and when Babalola was referred to the teaching hospital, we called his parents. His mother arrived, but unfortunately Babalola died at the hospital and his body was deposited at the morgue. The hospital has also released the body to the parents today (Sunday). “The thoughts of the university are with the parents of Babalola. Losing a child is painful and losing a university student could be more so. We pray to God Almighty to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss. We shall continue to strive to achieve the best for our staff and students and we call on security operatives to assist us in this regard.”