Students Injured As OAU Amphitheatre Roof Collapses

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… Management reacts to douses tension

Not less than six students of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Osun State, were reportedly rushed to the hospital following the sudden fall of the roof of the iconic Amphitheatre during a class on Thursday morning as a result of the torrential downpour.

It was gathered that the incident was caused by a whirlwind, which destroyed some parts of the roof of the Amphitheatre during the SER 001 class, which was scheduled to take place from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

An eyewitness who craved for anonymity described the incident as a scene of chaos and confusion as students scrambled to safety amidst the falling debris.

“The sudden collapse left at least six students injured, prompting emergency response efforts. Some students sustained minor injuries, while others were more seriously affected by the incident. Emergency medical personnel swiftly arrived at the scene to provide assistance and transport the injured to the hospital,” the student said.

In a swift reaction, the Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, in a statement, noted that the Management of the institution led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebayo Simeon Bamire and other principal officers went to the Medical and Health Centre of the University, and ensured that the injured students were given adequate medical attention.

The two seriously injured students whose cases demanded more medical attention were taken to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), where the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Professor John Okeniyi, physically supervised the proceedings.

Therefore, the Vice-Chancellor has appealed for calm and urged students and staff to go about their academic and administrative activities without any form of untoward action.

Meanwhile, the university’s management has sealed off the amphitheatre, the venue of the unfortunate incident, until further notice.

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