Another stall of academic activities in Nigerian tertiary institutions as authorities of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba, Akoko, Ondo State have shut the institution indefinitely, following a violent protest at the weekend over the death of a second-year student of the Department of Economics.
In a statement released yesterday by the Acting Registrar, Sunday Ayeerun, the school authorities said ongoing examinations had been suspended while students were directed to leave the campus and halls of residence immediately.
The closure of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, the statement disclosed was due to indiscriminate destruction of properties within and outside the University premises by some students. It added that students would be informed of a new resumption date in due course.
Ayeerun noted that management had set up a panel on the incident with a view to forestalling future occurrences.
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The late student, Ojo Afolabi, who was also a commercial motorcycle rider, reportedly met his demise after being hit by a commercial vehicle along Owo-Ikare Expressway on Friday night. Ojo gave up the ghost while being rushed in the school ambulance to the Federal Medical Centre, Owo.
The late student Ojo, a second year Economics (Education) student of the institution, was hit by the reckless rider, who is thought to be an indigene of the community.
Students say the deceased was returning home from school after writing a paper in the first semester examination, which began last Monday.
The aggrieved students marched out of the campus in their hundreds onto the main road and other roads in the town, where they erected barricades and sang protest songs and dirge, protesting the failure of the university authority to provide adequate facilities in the school ambulance, and the reckless driving of both commercial vehicle owners and motorcyclists in the town.