A 500l student of Obafemi Awolowo University, ile-ife has been beaten to death on campus over alleged theft.
Sources inside the school told DAILY GIST that the deceased identified as Okoli Ahinze is an extra year student of the institution.
The student from Civil Engineering Department was alleged to have stolen a mobile phone at a hall of residence in the school premises.
Consequently, angry mob descended on the student and beat him to death.
Olayiwole Folahan Festus, SUG President confirmed the death of the student in a statement made available to DAILY GIST on Tuesday.
The statement reads: “I regret to announce the death of a Part 5 student assaulted in a mob action at Awo Hall yesterday. The student was declared dead on arrival at the Emergency Medicine Department of OAU Teaching Hospital this afternoon.”
Preliminary investigations show that the deceased was accused to have stolen a phone. While we await official report from the law enforcement agencies, I must state that this incidence is a very sad one to Great Ife Students’ Union because our Union is not a Union of barbarians but that of intellectuals.”
Arrests and investigations of individuals suspected to be connected with the assault of the deceased are being made for consequent legal actions. Our Union does not support mob actions and justice must be served in this incident. Pending investigations of this unfortunate development, the activities of Hall Executive Council of Awo Hall are suspended immediately.”
What has just happened is most inhumane. Justice must be served accordingly irrespective of who is involved. Mob actions are banned and not allowed on OAU campus!”
I reassure Great Ife students that the Union is working assiduously with the school authorities and the relevant law enforcement officers to make sure that justice is meted out appropriately!”