The University community of Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, Ondo State is in a state of agony following the tragic death of three final year and a 300- level students of the university in an auto crash along the Ilesha-Akure Expressway.
Penultimate Saturday was indeed a black day in FUTA as lecturers and students cried and wailed openly when the news of the death of the students filtered into campus.
The 500-level students who died in the crash include Olaleye Israel Olumide [mathematics and statistics], Owadayo Funke [microbiology], and Abolarinwa Olaniyi [electrical and electronics engineering]. Oke Oluwatosin was a 300-level student of electrical and electronics engineering.
The students, under the umbrella of the Campus Christian Outreach Programme, were returning from a mission conference tagged, “PAROUSIA” in Ibadan, Oyo State when the unfortunate incident happened. Fifteen students went for the conference in the FUTA campus fellowship bus.
Thirteen of them are students of the university and members of different campus fellowships while the Coordinator of PAROUSIA for Akure Zone and another student of the University of Benin, Edo State accompanied the bus on the religious journey which claimed the lives of four of them and left 11 others maimed with serious injuries.
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One of the students was driving the bus when the accident happened few kilometers back to FUTA. Report had it that the bus conveying the students, on getting to Ibulesoro town in Ifedore council area of the state, skidded off the expressway after a motorcyclist recklessly crossed the road. The driver, who was trying to maneuver the bus in order not to crush the motorcyclist, lost control and crashed.
The bus reportedly somersaulted several times before it finally stopped. The four deceased students, it was learnt, died on the spot while 11 survivors were rushed to hospital for medical attention. They were admitted at Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Akure where they were met by well-wishers and sympathizers.
The Students Union President of the university, Segun Oladele confirmed that the parents of the deceased students had been informed and already claimed the corpses. Oladele added that some of those injured had been discharged from hospital.
A three-day of mourning, according to him, had been declared in the university which will be lecture-free. He noted that a candle night processing was equally held in FUTA in honor of the departed souls.
May the souls of the departed rest in peace.