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6 Students Injured As OAU Amphitheater Roof Falls Off



6 Students Injured As OAU Amphitheater Roof Falls Off

-As Management Calls For Calm

The torrential rainfall of early Thursday morning, accompanied with a whirlwind, which started as students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, were having a lecture, SER to be precise, in the Amphitheatre of the Oduduwa Hall, affected the ceiling of the Amphitheatre as it fell off and injured not less than six students.

The injured students were reportedly rushed to the hospital for medical treatment.

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

The medium also gathered that one of the injured students is the general class representative of the course.

He was reported to be unconscious as at the time of conveying him to the hospital for treatment.

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.

Confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, who appealed for calm, said the incident was as a result of the torrential rainfall accompanied with a whirlwind.

Olanrewaju in a release said that the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebayo Simeon Bamire led other principal officers to the Medical and Health Centre of the University, and ensured that the injured students were given adequate medical attention.

He further stated that the Vice-Chancellor also followed two other students, whose cases demanded more medical attention to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), where the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Professor John Okeniyi, physically supervised the proceedings.

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

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