AAUA shut as mother of three siblings killed in crash dies of shock

Published January 25, 2021
Sunday Aborisade and Peter Dada

The management of the Adekunle Ajasin University , Akungba Akoko , on Sunday ordered the closure of the institution until further notice.
The development was not unconnected to the protest that followed the fatal accident , which occurred opposite the campus of the institution on Saturday , in which no fewer than nine persons, including some students of the university , were killed.
The directive to close down the school was contained in a circular issued by the acting Registrar, Mr Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa.
The circular read, “ Further to our circular of Saturday , January 23 , 2021 and the attendant protest by students on Sunday , January 24 , 2021 , the acting Vice -Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin Univeristy , Akungba Akoko , Prof. Olugbenga Ige, on behalf of the Senate , has directed that the university be closed with immediate effect until further notice .
“ All students are therefore advised to vacate the campus latest by 6 pm today, Sunday , January 24 , 2021 . ”
It was gathered that three siblings were among the victims , who lost their lives in the crash.
According to the Ondo State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps and the state command of the Nigeria Police , no fewer than nine persons were killed, while several others were injured in the accident that involved a truck belonging to Dangote Cement .
It was gathered that the cement -laden truck was heading for Owo from Obajana in Kogi State, when its brake allegedly failed. As a result , the driver lost control of the vehicle and swerved off the road and rammed into some shops directly opposite the university .
In a Facebook post , a former spokesman for the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Joe Igbokwe , said the mother of the three siblings killed in the crash also died of shock on Saturday after hearing the sad news about her children .
Igbokwe ’s post was titled : ‘ I am in deep pains and totally diminished as a mortal ’ .
He wrote , “ An accident occurred yesterday ( Saturday ) in Akungba, Ondo State …. these three guys were from same parents , a trailer crushed the three of them together in their shop and they all died instantly. Their mum died on the spot on hearing the news . Two of them are final year students of Ondo State University …… .”
Similarly a former Student Union President of the university , Samuel Adesomoju, popularly known as Sampraise , was also confirmed to be one of the victims of the crash.
The Global President of the National Association of Ondo State Students , Ayoade Kikiowo , confirmed this to journalists .
The body of Adesomoju, a 500 -level law student , was discovered in the mortuary after the crash. One of his friends , Iyantan John , also confirmed this on his Facebook p age.
He wrote , “ The ugly event that happened yesterday in Akungba community will not concern the ‘ Authorities’ that is why these incidents continue to happen often and often .
“ The most painful thing is that I lost a brother who is so dear to me . Former SUG President and 500 level law student , my acquaintance while in AAUA . May God console his family and the families of the late students . #RescueAkungba .”
Following the incident , students of the university took to the streets of the town to protest against incessant road crashes in the community , particularly along the university road .
The protesting students , who were singing solidarity songs , barricaded the roads that entered into the town and asked vehicles going into the town to turn back .
The angry students also sent back the state government delegation led by the Chief of Staff to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu . All efforts to appeal to them failed.
They demanded the personal appearance of the governor and not a delegation . The students stopped the delegation at Iwaro junction , in Akungba Akoko , stating that the government had neglected the community as no effort was made to curb incessant road accidents in the community .
However, they allowed the state Commissioner of Police , Mr Bolaji Salami , to enter the town with his security aides, while the government delegation returned to Akure.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Senate Leader , who is representing Ondo North Senatorial District in the National Assembly , Prof. Ajayi Boroffice, has described as unfortunate the avoidable crash that led to loss of lives and propertys in Akungba on Saturday .
The senator said in a statement by his media aide , Kayode Fakuyi, on Sunday , “ It is time to stop the incessant carnage on the Akungba Road .
“ It is deeply disturbing to hear about another accident on the Akungba Road . It becomes more confounding that the accident claimed many lives and property .
“ Many accidents have occurred along that route in the past and worthy counsels and viable suggestions have been offered .
“ The situation is not helpless and it is time to put an end to the incessant carnage on roads in Akoko land .”

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