Students of Ladoke Akinola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso,on Friday shut down the institution over the death of a final year student identified as Asefon Nifemi Benard.
The deceased, who was a student in the Department of Animal Nutrition and Biotechnology, died after falling into a soak-away at his hostel.
It was gathered that Asefon, after falling into a soak away at his hostel along 1500LT, school area, gave up the ghost on Thursday evening after a little delay at LAUTECH teaching hospital.
According to a source, the deceased fell into a soak away when he wanted to switch electricity and got paralysed.
Asefon was thereafter rushed to LAUTECH teaching hospital but could not get immediate medical attention, which might have led to his death.
“Medical personnel on duty said they have to get a call from the Dean of Students Affairs before attending to him. The deceased friends decided to take Nifemi to Bowen Teaching Hospital; he died before getting to the hospital,” the source said.
Asefon’s death made some aggrieved students to shutdown the university, protesting the death of their colleague.
They said he could have been saved if the health institution had taken the case as an emergency and gave him the necessary treatment before asking for the call of Dean of Students Affairs.
Also, the management of the university confirmed the sad incident in a statement signed by the Registrar, Dr. Kayode Ogunleye, on Friday.
The statement noted that the student died off-campus on Thursday and appealed to the students you remain calm.
The statement read in part: “In sympathy with the student, friends and family, the university management hereby declare today Friday April 23, 2021 as lecture free-day, while any lectures or tests that might have been conducted earlier today will be declared null and void.
“Management further appeals to students not to take laws into their hands. Appropriate steps will be taken to further get the facts surrounding the death of the students.
But the management of the teaching hospital explained that their request for the Dean of Students Affairs call was to break the news of the student’s death to an elderly person, adding that Asefon was brought in dead.
“Once again, management commiserates with the students, family and friends of the deceased.
“Meanwhile, the University administration has taken steps to take care of the burial of the deceased and convey his corpse to the family.
“God will give the university the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”