By Temitope Adedeji Akure
No one will be happy seeing those who should live to bury their parents now being buried.
It was a pathetic sight, however, at the Adeyemi College of Education (ACE), Ondo, (now upgraded to a university by the Federal Government) on Saturday when Mr. Michael Oluwatimileyin Akinsiku suddenly slumped and died while on excursion to Erin- Ijesa Water Falls.
Timileyin, a native of Ondo and a 400 level student, had submitted his final year project to his supervisor from the Department of English Studies.
If he had known that he would not be brought back home alive, probably he would have stayed behind instead of embarking on a journey of no return. He went with his friends, course mates and other students on an excursion organised by the Student Union Government (SUG) to the tourist site in Osun State.
At the close of the day, after enjoying the fun of nature, according to his friend and course mate, Alake Temitope, who is also a 400 Level student, Timileyin slumped on a plain ground and died.
There were speculations that he was killed with several gunshots on his body, while a source who spoke with WESTERN POST said the SUG Executives got back to campus and reported that he fell from the mountain top.
Alake, who witnessed it all, however, gave first-hand information that late Timileyin was quiet all through the fun-filled experience. “Instead of enjoying the momentous frenzy with them, he was only snapping them with his camera phone,” he said.
He described the report credited to the SUG as untrue and affirmed that the spot where he slumped was very plain.
He said the deceased gave up the ghost despite all efforts to revive him and before he could be rushed to a nearby hospital in Ilesha town.
The deceased’s coursemate also stated that there was no gunshot or any slight scar on the corpse as some people reportedly alleged.
WP confirmed the assertions of Alake from a family and close relatives of late Timileyin in Sora Quarter, in the ancient Ondo Kingdom before the burial of the deceased last Wednesday.
One of his brothers, who refused to give his name and declined saying much, said he was among those who went to collect his corpse in Ilesha and there was no scar on him.
The Akinsikus, who are still grieving, spoke of the loss that had befallen the family.
They urged the school management to discourage unguided and unmonitored excursion in the college so as to forestall any such sad occurrence in future.
Meanwhile, attempts by our Correspondent to speak with the Provost of the College, Prof. Yemi Ogen, or any of other principal officers in the school proved abortive as it was found out that Wednesday was declared lecture-free day as a mark of honour for the deceased who was buried on that day.
A source in Sora, who is also a relative of the deceased, however, told our Correspondent that the school authorities claimed the excursion was not authorised by the school management.
It was later learnt that the students were preparing for Students Union Government (SUG) election which was scheduled for this week, but may now be postponed because of the development.
The incessant death of undergraduates in tertiary institutions in the country in recent times calls for a divine intervention, according to a parent, Mrs. Opeyemi Ibukun.
Just last week, activities were paralysed at the University of Ibadan (UI) by students protesting the death of a 200 Level student of the institution ,Mayowa Alaran, who also slumped and died while watching an international football match within the school. He was of Department of Health Education and Human Kinetic Science of the institution.
Also, the life of one Miss. Mary Motunrayo Ibitolu, a 300 Level Law student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State was cut short by a vehicle while returning from an errand to withdraw money from a bank by her father.