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Mimiko’s NANS Award: Three Students’ Union Leaders die in auto crash
The academic environment in Ondo state was turned into mourning mood as three students’ union leaders met their untimely death in ghastly auto crash at Emure Ile junction on Owo – Akure expressway on Friday night.
Those involved in the road mishap were: the Student Union Presidents of Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Comrade Awopegba Oluwaseun, popularly known as “DCO”, Adeyemi College of Education (ACE), Comrade Akintola Abiodun and that of Ondo State School of Midwifery, Akure, Comrade Oyikan Olotu.
The three students leaders were said to have died instantly while several others who sustained injuries were rushed to Federal Medical Centre Owo (FMC), for urgent treatment.
“Daily Post” gathered that the students were coming back from an Awards ceremony organised in honour of the governor of Ondo state, Governor Olusegun Mimiko at Sheraton hotel in Abuja by the National Association of Nigerian students NANS in a bus donated to the Joint Campus Committee by the state government recently.
It was gathered the bus which was driven by one of the students was on a top speed before ramming into a coming trailer. The bus was said to have somersaulted twice and hit another coming vehicle in the process.
Journalists were barred by policemen and agents of the state government from taking photographs at the hospital. One of the policemen, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said they were acting from directive from above.
Confirming the incident, the image-maker of the state police command, Alhaji Adeniran Aremu, however said the students were involved in a lone accident due to over speeding around 8.pm.
Aremu said the remains of the dead students were deposited at a the State Specialist Hospital morgue in Akure.while several others were receiving treatment at the same hospital.
He dispelled the claims that journalists were barred from carrying out their duties by the state government.
The incident has since sparked off protest from FUTA students who barricaded the Akure/Ilesha road. For several hours, motorists and other road users were prevented from moving to their destinations.
Chatting war-like songs, the students pointed accusing fingers at the state government from dragging the students into unnecessary politicking. Carrying placards of various inscriptions, the students said it was sad that students who should be studying and fighting for their welfare have becoming tools in the hands of greedy and selfish politicians.
The National President of the National Association of Ondo State Students (NAOSS), Victor Oguntoyibo described the incident as unfortunate.
He said, “It is highly sad that we have lost some of the finest members of NAOSS. We can only pray that God Almighty will give the families of the late students the fortitude to bear the loss”.