OAU amphitheater ceiling collapse on students


Scores of students at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun state, were injured on Thursday, May 16, when rain and a whirlwind caused the collapse of the Amphitheatre ceiling.

It was gathered that many students were attending lectures when the wooden ceiling fell on them.

A source revealed that two students were in critical condition following the collapse at Oduduwa Hall.

Confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, said: “Rainfall with whirlwind affected the ceiling of the Amphitheatre as it fell off and injured a few of the students.

“The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebayo Simeon Bamire led other principal officers to the Medical and Health Centre of the University, and ensured that the injured students were given adequate medical attention.”

Olarewaju added that VC also followed two other students, whose cases demanded more medical attention to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), where the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Professor John Okeniyi, physically supervised the proceedings.

He added: “The Vice-Chancellor has, therefore, appealed for calm and urged students and staff to go about their academic and administrative activities without any form of untoward action.

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“Meanwhile, the management of the University has sealed off the Amphitheatre, the venue of the unfortunate incident, until further notice.”

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