Final year OAU student killed over alleged phone theft

Okoli Ahinze, a 500-level student of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife has been beaten to death over alleged theft.

The incident was said to have happened in the Awo Hall of the institution.

The deceased was rushed to the Emergency Medicine Department of OAU Teaching Hospital on Tuesday after he started experiencing excruciating pain owing to the assault he suffered but was confirmed dead at the hospital.

Meanwhile, the Management of the school has condemned, in strong terms, the incident that led to the death of a part five student of the institution.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olanrewaju, stated that a preliminary investigation revealed that the student died of a mob action on the allegation that he stole a phone.

Saddened by this ugly development which he described as unfortunate, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Adebayo Bamire set up a committee to unravel the circumstances that led to this incident

“The action of the mob, being a violation of the law of the country and of the University regulations, has been reported to the police who have commenced investigations,” the statement read.

“The University administration hereby commiserates with the parents of the deceased, staff and students, and prays that God will grant us the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

“Students are strongly admonished to desist from taking laws into their hands and to report any criminal activities to the University authorities for immediate actions.”

Olayiwole announced immediate suspension of activities on Executive Council of Awo Hall till police conclude investigation into the matter.

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