By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
A 300-level student of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Abiodun Babalola has been reportedly dead following attack by gang of armed robbers.
Babalola, a student of the Department of Accounting of OAU, was said said to have visited his classmates on Friday at Adam and Eve hostel, one of the hostels situated off- campus, to participate in group discussion meant for SSC 202 Test scheduled to hold on the following day, Saturday, 22nd December 2018.
It was gathered that Babalola and his mates were in their room studying, when the dare devil armed robbers broke in and attacked them.
During the robbery attack at the hostel situated along Parakin – Ede road axis of Ile Ife, the deceased popularly known as Termur was said to have been severely macheted by the dare devil hoodlums.
An eyewitness account revealed that few minutes after the armed robbers had gained entrance to the room, they hit Babalola with cutlass on his dead which led to profuse bleeding, his colleagues were also said to have been brutalised.
The source further revealed that there was no vehicle to rush Babalola to the hospital, a situation that resulted to his eventual death.
The eyewitness stated that the victim was first taken on a bike before the University Chief Security officer brought his private car to pick the victim along the road.
It was further learnt that the victim was initially taken to the university health centre before being transfered to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex around 3am on Saturday.
In the mean time, the authorities of the University have condoled with the parents and family members of Babalola, who died as a result of injuries he sustained during the attack.
A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that the students were attacked in the wee hours of Saturday with dangerous weapons by some unknown persons who inflicted varying degrees of injuries on the hapless students before charting away their money, phones and other valuables.
The release stated that the Vice Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, expressed agony in the shocking demise of Babalola saying people should place the fear of God far and above worldly materials.
He, thereafter, on behalf of the Council, Senate, Staff, Students and the entire University Community, prayed that the Lord would grant eternal rest to the late Abiodun Babalola and the parents and family members the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.