UPDATED: FUTA Students Protest Death of Colleague, Block Expressway *School Management Reacts

Students of the Federal University of Technology, Akure have blocked the Akure-Ilesha-Ibadan highway in protest over the death of their colleague in a road accident

Five students of the institution were involved in a lone crash on Monday night around the Cathedral area along the Oyemekun road, Akure.

Daniel Akinyele

One of the students Daniel Akinyele, in 200 Level in the Software Engineering Department, died before he could be rushed to the hospital.

Late Daniel was first taken to the school clinic but the security personnel reportedly refused to open the gate for them.

It was gathered the Student Union Government of FUTA declared Tuesday lecture-free- a day after news of the death filtered in before the students were mobilised to protest the alleged action of the school security personnel.

The protesting students set bonfires at the entrance and locked all access gates.

They claimed the negligence of the school health workers caused the death of their colleague.

FUTA MANAGEMENT REACTS

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF ADEYINKA DANIEL, 200 LEVEL STUDENT OF FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AKURE

The Management of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA expresses deep sadness at the demise of one of its students, Adeyinka Daniel, 200 level, Software Engineering, in the early hours of August 3, 2021 following an automobile incident along Oyemekun Road Akure. We commiserate and identify with family , friends and fellow students of the deceased on this very painful loss of a promising student.
The university is particularly saddened by the circumstances leading to his death.

From available information the deceased student along with others were involved in an accident outside the campus around 10 PM on August 2, 2021. They were first taken to a private hospital were doctors battled to save their lives. Three of the students were stabilized but Daniel’s condition remained critical. When the condition of the student deteriorated the doctor at the Private Hospital referred him to the Federal Medical Centre, Owo for expert intervention.

At that time the parents of the student and some relations had joined him at the Private Hospital and it was decided, because of time factor, to bring him to the University Health Centre. The deceased student was brought to the University Health Centre at 3.20 AM and the doctor on duty promptly attended to the student in the car of the parents. According to him, all resuscitative efforts proved abortive; there was no cardiac activity and response to any stimuli. And by 3.40 AM he declared that he was brought in clinically dead. The doctor offered to take the boy to the morgue with the University Ambulance but the parents declined electing to take him home ostensibly for burial.

The Medical report from the Private Hospital which was brought along with him indicates that the student was clinically non responsive by 1.30 AM well before they got to the University Health Centre at 3.20 AM.

The death is unfortunate and regrettable.

The University has ordered an immediate review of the incident in order to ascertain the circumstances leading to it .
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased student. The University is also monitoring the state of treatment of the other students who were also involved.

We pray that the Almighty God will grant the family and friends of the deceased the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Mr Richard Arifalo
August 3,2021

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