Osun poly students set school clinic ablaze over student’s death

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Irate students of the Osun State
Polytechnic at Iree on Saturday set the school clinic and medical equipment
ablaze over the death of one of their colleagues.

The timely intervention of the
school’s security officials prevented the fire from spreading to other
buildings in the school.

It was learnt that one Aminu
Hammed, a Higher National Diploma student of the institution’s Department of
Applied Chemistry, slumped in the examination hall on Friday and was rushed to
the school clinic, where he later died.

The protesting students, who
stormed the clinic on Saturday morning, alleged that there was no medical
personnel at the clinic to attend to Hammed when he was rushed to the clinic.

During the protest, the school’s
ambulance, drugs and equipment in the clinic were set ablaze by the students.

When contacted, the Public
Relations Officer of the school, Tope Abiola, said that apart from the burnt
clinic, property worth millions of naira were also destroyed by the students.

Abiola said that drugs,
equipment, vehicles as well as medical facilities were razed down by the

He, however, said it was not true
that there was no medical personnel to attend to Hammed when he was brought to
the clinic.

Abiola said that when Hammed was
rushed to the school clinic at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, medical personnel on
duty made frantic effort to resuscitate him but to no avail.

He said that Hammed was
immediately referred to another hospital in town where he later died.

“It is very shocking to us that
the institution would lose such a precious soul.

“He slumped shortly after writing
his examination in the hall and he was immediately rushed to the school clinic.

“He was a Muslim and he was
observing the Ramadan fasting.

“He would have slumped, due to
loss of stamina. He was buried on Friday evening in his hometown, Oba’agun,
community close to Iree.

“We sympathise with his family
and we pray to God to console them.”

Abiola, however, said to
forestall breakdown of law and order on campus, the school’s management had
ordered immediate closure of the institution.

He said that all students had
been directed to vacate the campus with immediate effect.

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