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Osun Poly Students Set Clinic Equipment Ablaze Over Death of Colleague

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…as Management Closed Down School
By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Following the death of their colleague, students of the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree went on rampage on Saturday morning and burnt some equipment in the school clinic.
The aggrieved students who stormed the school’s health centre on Saturday morning set the school ambulance and other equipment in the clinic ablaze.
They alleged that medical personnel had left the clinic as at the time the student was taken to the clinic.
A Higher National Diploma (HND) I student of the institution, Aminu Sheu Hammed was said to have slumped in the examination hall on Friday immediately after writing his second semester examination and died hours later at a hospital outside the school campus.
Sheu, a student of the Department of Applied Chemistry was said to have been observing the ongoing Ramadan fast before he suddenly lost balance after submitting his paper to invigilators at the PLT examination hall.
According to the polytechnic’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Tope Abiola, Sheu was said to have been rushed to the school’s clinic at about 4:30pm where medical personnel on duty made frantic efforts to resuscitate him but to no avail.
Abiola said that Sheu was immediately referred to another hospital outside the campus in order to get more hands from other medical personnel.
He said Sheu gave up the ghost few minutes later at the hospital where he was taken to in the school ambulance.
Abiola noted that the deceased was observing the Ramadan fasting and might have slumped due to loss of strength.
The institution’s spokesman said Sheu had been buried on Friday evening in his hometown, Oba’agun.
He therefore condoled the deceased’s family and prayed that God will comfort them.
His words: “It is very shocking to us that the institution would lose such a precious soul. He slumped shortly after writing his examination in the hall and he was immediately rushed to the school’s clinic.
”Our medical personnel were on duty and they made efforts to resuscitate him. He was later taken to another hospital in the school’s ambulance but we lost him in that hospital. He was a Muslim and he was observing the Ramadan fasting. He would have slumped due to loss of stamina. He was buried this (Friday) evening in his hometown, Oba’agun, community close to Iree.
“We sympathise with his family and we pray to God to console them,” Abiola said.
But some students of the institution have blamed the school’s clinic for Sheu’s death.
They accused the medical personnel of negligence of duty alleging that some essential staff had closed for the day when Sheu was brought in around 4:30pm on Friday.
The students were chanting anti-management songs to protest the death of Sheu.
They had wanted to set the whole health centre ablaze but for timely intervention of the school security agents who forestalled it.
But Abiola denied the accusation saying that all the medical personnel were in ground and that they gave their best to ensure that Sheu’s life was saved but unfortunately, he died.
Meanwhile, the management of the school has ordered the immediate closure of the campus and asked students to vacate the school premises.
The management said that the action was to forestall severe breakdown of law and order on campus.
A statement issued by Mr. Abiola on behalf of the school Registrar on Saturday reads, “this is to inform the general public that Osun State Polytechnic, Iree has been closed down.
“As a result of this, all students are to vacate the school premises with immediate effect.”
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