Bus crushes OAU final year student to death on campus, colleagues mourn

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BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

Tragedy occured on the campus of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Tuesday as a final year student of the institution was crushed to death.

The victim, identified as Chisom Nwankwo, a final year student of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, was on a commercial motorcycle when she and the motorcyclist were hit by a speeding bus.

The Point gathered that there was an accident on the campus and that the motorcyclist and the driver of the bus got carried away by the scene of the road mishap, a situation that led them to lose control on the wheels.

Chisom, a Part 5 student, was said to have been rammed and crushed by the bus.

She was rushed to the hospital’s Teaching Hospital where she was confirmed dead.

The Coordinator of Federation of Igbo Students, OAU chapter, Dillion Chidera Ogbuehi, confirmed the incident in a telephone conversation with The Point.

Ogbuehi said he met with student leaders of Chisom’s faculty and department and they both confirmed she was dead and that her colleagues had been thrown into mourning.

“I also met with Lordferm, the Students Union President of OAU at the Students Union Building and he narrated everything that happened to me saying, “What happened is that an accident happened and the bike man who was carrying our sister (Chisom) was looking towards where the accident happened and he lost control, the driver of the bus coming behind him was also looking at where the accident happened and immediately the bus hits the bike carrying our sister, she fell under the bus and the bus climbed her.

“She was rushed to OAUTHC and she has been confirmed dead and her body has been deposited in the morgue,” the FIS coordinator said.

He added that the matter has been reported at Moore Police Station.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Abiodun Olarewaju, confirmed the death of the female student but said he was yet to get the full details.