300 level OAU student dies after robbery attack

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A 300 level student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Abiodun Babatola was murdered on Sunday after an armed robbery attack.

The late Babalola was of the Department of Accounting in the university.

He reportedly died of injuries sustained during an attack on the Adam and Eve, an out of campus students’ residential hostel, along Parakin – Ede road axis of Ile Ife.

Sources say the robbery lasted about one hour late Saturday evening and Mr Babalola was attacked with a cutlass in his room when there was a misunderstanding between him and the robbers.

A student in the school said after the robbers left, the deceased was rushed to the university’s medical centre, which could not handle injuries.

He was thereafter referred to the OAU Teaching Hospital, which was quite far from the school. The late Babalola died around 8am on Sunday at the hospital after losing a lot of blood.

Confirming the incident in a chat with EduCeleb.com, the Public Relations Officer of the OAU, Abiodun Olanrewaju expressed the University management’s condolences to the family of the deceased.

“The authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile – Ife, have condoled with the parents and family members of a part three student of the Department of Accounting of the University, Abiodun Babalola, who died as a result of injuries he sustained during an attack on the Adam and Eve, an out of campus students residential hostel, along Parakin – Ede road axis of Ile Ife.”

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Mr Olanrewaju described the robbers as “unknown persons” who “attacked in the wee hours of yesterday with dangerous weapons” and “inflicted varying degrees of injuries on the hapless students before charting away their money, phones and other valuables.”

He also extended the message of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede who admonished people on godliness.

“The Vice Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, said people should place the fear of God far and above worldly materials, wondering what sort of earthly possession would make a man to attack, maim and kill his fellowman.

“He, thereafter, on behalf of the Council, Senate, Staff, Students and the entire University Community, prayed that the Lord would grant eternal rest to the late Abiodun Babalola and the parents and family members the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

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