OAU Student Matcheted To Death For Refusing To Surrender iphone
A student of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, Abiodun Babalola, has been reportedly killed after he was attacked by suspected armed robbers for refusing to release his iPhone to the men, who invaded his hostel.
The 300-level student of the Department of Accounting was killed in the early hours of Sunday.
The Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, who spoke on behalf of the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede confirmed the incident.
Olarewaju said the VC condemned the killing of the student and that he condoled with the parents and family members of the late student.
The OAU spokesman said: “On behalf of the Council, Senate, Staff, Students and the entire University Community, we prayed that the Lord would grant eternal rest to the late Abiodun Babalola and give the parents and family members the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss”.
Also speaking with The Punch on Monday, two residents of the Adam and Eve Hostel, Parakin, Ile-Ife, who requested not to be mentioned, said the robbers, who wielded machetes and charms, attacked the hostel around 2am on Sunday and moved round the rooms, and dispossessed the residents of their belongings.
It was gathered that the late Babalola was not in his room when the robbers invaded the hostel located on the outskirts of the town.
One of the sources explained, “Abiodun was in another student’s room when the robbers arrived. He was cut with a matchet in the head because he refused to release his iPhone to them.
“They were just two inside that room when the robbers entered there. I cannot ascertain the number of the robbers, but they were many.
“Many other residents of the hostel also lost their belongings to the robbers. I also lost money to them. Many people lost mobile phones and other valuables too. Some other students were injured by the robbers.
“But his (Abiodun’s) injuries were severe. He bled for some hours before he died. He didn’t receive medical attention early. He eventually died at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile -Ife, around 6am.”
Confirming the development, the spokesperson for the Osun State Police Command, Folasade Odoro, said the command had commenced investigations into the matter.
She noted that the perpetrators would be apprehended and made to face the consequences of their action.