OOU Accident: Students Barricade Sagamu-Benin Expressway, Protest Colleagues’ Death
Written by admin on June 30, 2015
Hundreds of aggrieved students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, yesterday barricaded Sagamu-Benin expressway, scene of last Friday’s fatal accident which claimed the lives of 12 students of the institution.
The students dressed in black clothes and carrying placards bearing various inscriptions, lamented over the unfortunate incident.
Some of the placards read: ‘We Demand Justice for the Lost Souls, ‘OOU Mourns, OOU Weeps, OOU Cries’, ‘A Future Lawyer is Gone!’ ‘Fresh Graduates are Gone!’ ‘We’ve Lost Our Scientists’, ‘Police, FRSC, trace must be Probed’, among others.
The students, however, have demanded compensation for the lives their colleagues who died in the auto crash.
The protesting students took over a long stretch of the expressway, attacking drivers of two container-bearing trailers and another one loaded with bags of cement.
While the two trailers escaped the missiles being thrown at them by the students, the bag of cement-ladened trailer was not so lucky.
Also, a prayer session was conducted in both the Christian and Muslim modes of worship for the dead.
Meanwhile, the students have appealed to the state government and other public-spirited individual to compensate the families of their colleagues who died in last Friday’s crash.
President of OOU Students’ Union Government, Adenola Adegbesan, disclosed this while speaking at the scene of the accident.
Adegbesan said although no amount of money could compensate for the lost lives of the victims, it would give succour to their depressed relatives.
The SUG president also called on the state government to assist the victims’ families in the burial of their dead fellows.
Adegbesan however issued a seven-day ultimatum to the police and the owners of the truck involved in the accident to produce the driver who fled the scene after the tragedy.
He said: “As I am speaking with you, I have not received any correspondence from the truck owners not even to commiserate with us for the lives lost. Such acts of recklessness cannot be condoned on our roads and we demand that the fleeing driver be remanded and prosecuted.
“It will serve as a deterrent to other motorists who fail to obey traffic rules, especially drivers of heavy duty vehicles who drive without regard for other road users.”
He also advised government to regulate the movement of trucks on the highways by restricting their operations to the night time only.
“I would want the government to look into how they can reduce the number of heavy duty vehicles on the highways. The sheer number of trucks on the roads these days is alarming and they are always a disaster waiting to happen due to the drivers’ recklessness,” Adegbesan said.
Meanwhile, OOU Corporate Affairs Manager, Mr. Niyi Oduwole, has described the accident as unfortunate and sad.
Oduwole however disclosed that in order to commiserate with the students mourning their deceased colleagues, the institution has declared yesterday and today lecture-free.
“We at OOU deeply sympathise with the parents and relatives of the deceased over the untimely deaths of their wards. The management has decided to postpone examinations today and tomorrow to honour their departed souls, while we have concluded arrangements to visit the families involved. We admonish all road users to always obey traffic rules and follow road signs so that such occurrences would be averted,” he said.