By Farombi Oluwaseun
A 200 level student of Obafemi Awolowo University, identified as Abiodun Babalola has been reportedly murdered by armed robbers during a robbery attack in Ile-Ife at the early hours of Saturday. 22nd December, 2018.
OAU Peeps News Agency gathered that the victim, Late Abiodun Babalola is a student from the department of Management & Accounting ,Faculty of Administration & popularly known a TERMUR
It was gathered that the robbery attack which led to his murder occurred off-campus at Adam& Eve Hostel.
Speaking with OAU Peeps News Agency, Mr Funso Adegboye, the Ile-Ife Area commander Police confirmed the incidence. He stated there was a robbery attack, the victim was injured ,rushed to the hospital but eventually gave up the ghost.
OAU Peeps New Agency gathered that the victim is not a resident of the hostel but slept in the hostel on Friday to participate in group discussion meant for SSC 202 Test scheduled to hold the following day,Saturday,22nd December 2018.
According to an eye witness who pleaded anonymity , he stated that few minutes after the armed robbers had gained entrance to the room , an argument occurred perhaps an interception with the robbers. In this process, he was hit with a cutlass on the head.
The eyewitness further stated that the victim should have survived it but a lot of irregularities played after the incidence caused his death.
He stated that the irregularities started when there was no vehicle or patrol van to take him from the hostel to any nearby hospital.
" Both the Nigeria Police and the OAU security officials complained of faulty patrol van'' He emphasized.
He stated that the victim was first taken by a bike before the University Chief Security officer brought his private car to pick the Victim.
OAU Peeps News Agency gathered that the victim was first taken to the university health centre before being transfered to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex around 3am.
It was confirmed the health officials at the OAUTHC didn't treat the case as an emergency as they kept asking for frivolities like money for blood,etc which left the victim to be unattended to for more than 5hours.
OAU Peeps gathered that the victim was finally attended to after 8am before he gave up the ghost around 9am on Saturday.
It will be recalled that this is not the first case of students not being attended to on emergencies at the university teaching hospital.
In a release by the executive council of Nigeria Universities Accounting Students Association,OAU which was obtained by OAU Peeps News Agency, the executive council stated that it was a bad occurrence to have lost one of the archetypes in the association. They stated the victim was a man of distinguished humanity before his death & concluded by sending condolences to all affected friends & family of the Late Abiodun Babalola
Speaking extensively with the University Public Relations Officer, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju stated that it is a sad incident to the university community at large especially towards this festive Period of the year.
In his words;" The university Vice Chancellor, his management team & on behalf of the university council,we are all sad to lose a student of the institution especially towards this festive period of the year".
The University Public Relations Officer thanked everyone that tried all their possible best to save the life of the victim and further added that this is not a right time to shift blame on anyone for the loss of the student stating that " Man Proposes but God disposes ".
He concluded by praying for the family and friends of Late Abiodun Babalola for God to console them and bear the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.