It was a sad day for the students of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Ondo state has one of their friends was reported dead. The young lady was killed by a hit and run driver.
The unfortunate incident took place on Wednesday, April 11. Identified as Deborah Olajide, the deceased was a 200 level first class student of the department of Food Science and Technology.
According to Punch, late Olajide was run over and killed by a vehicle on Wednesday night along the Akure-Ilesa expressway which is just metres away from the school’s main gate.
Following this sad news, it was reported on Thursday evening, April 12, FUTA students organized a procession in front of the gate which blocked the whole expressway for several hours. This left a lot of travelers stranded on the road till 11pm when the students returned to the campus.
The police public relations officer in the state, Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident but added that they are yet to find out the real cause of late Olajide’s death.
Joseph said: “The lifeless body of the deceased was found by the road on Thursday morning which gave impression that she might have been knocked down by a hit-and-run driver but we are not certain about the real cause yet. Since then, we have been appealing to the students to be patient with us to do our investigation on the matter.”
The head of protocol and public relations unit of the institution also disclosed that: “The victim died as a result of injuries sustained when she was knocked down on the expressway by a vehicle. But the students did not protest, they only held a procession to mourn their departed colleague. And the procession was closely monitored by officials from the Students Affairs Division to ensure that public peace was not breached in any way. At some point, the students converged on the very spot where the accident occurred to light their candles and this was responsible for the slight disruption in traffic flow on the expressway.”
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