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OAU students rushed to hospital as amphitheatre roof collapses

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Some students of Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State were rushed to the hospital following the sudden collapse of the roof of the Amphitheatre of the Oduduwa Hall, during a class on Thursday morning.

The incident was caused by rainfall accompanied by a whirlwind which destroyed some parts of the roof of the Amphitheatre during SER class, eyewitnesses said.

Confirming the incident, Abiodun Olarewaju, the Public Relations Officer of the institution in a statement made available to newsmen in Osogbo said “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 a few of the students.

“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.”

Olarewaju added that VC 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.