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Protesters shut down student union building over colleague’s death

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The campus of the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife on Wednesday was engulfed by student protest.

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The student protest follows the lynching of Okolie Arinze, a 500-level Civil Engineering student of the institution, late on Monday.

xandertech reliably gathered that the protesting students stormed the students’ union building, shutting it down.

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Arinze, after being subjected to torture on allegation of stealing a mobile phone in Awo Hall of the university, was brought in dead at the Emergency Medicine Centre of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile-Ife on Tuesday.

The University management, in its reaction, has condemned the incident.

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In a statement by Abiodun Olanrewaju, the University Public Relations Officer, and obtained by xandertech, the school stated that the Vice Chancellor, Professor Adebayo Simeon Bamire, has 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.

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Meanwhile, a release signed by all presidents in the Faculty of Technology indicated that there would be a peaceful protest to express their grievances and hold all parties involved accountable.

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