100-level OAU student dies after falling into a soakaway
Several friends and family members are grieving the death of a 100-level student at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, in the state of Osun, who died after accidently slipping into a septic tank in her dormitory on February 9, 2022.
According to reports, the student from the Department of Linguistics and African Studies, named as Heritage Ajibola, was putting away the clothing she had cleaned earlier when she slid into the septic tank of the hostel, which purportedly charges as much as N200,000 per bed space.
Upon learning of her death, Ogunperi Taofeek Olalekan, the president of the University’s Students’ Union, expressed his regret and chastised the hostel administration, stating the event might have been avoided if the soakaway system had been properly installed and covered.
The vice-chancellor of the institution was said to have visited the scene of the event and vowed to see that the required measures were put in place to protect the students.