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Tears As OAU Students Mourn Colleague

Students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife in Osogbo mourn the gruesome death of their colleague, Miss Mary Motunrayo Ibitolu.

Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo

The students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife last week Tuesday stormed Osogbo to mourn the gruesome death of their colleague, Miss Mary Motunrayo Ibitolu who was knocked down by a school bus driver in Osogbo penultimate week.

The OAU students who wore black attire and students of Our Lady and Saint Francis Catholic College (OSCCO), Osogbo, the Alma Mater of the deceased wept uncontrollably while chanting mournful songs during the candle light procession held in Osogbo to bid farewell to the late 200 level law student.

The candle light procession kicked off at the premises of OSCCO, and terminated at Old Garage area in Osogbo.

The student union president-elect of OAU, Kayode Omotayo in a press statement said “with a swollen heart, a grievous mind and a mourning soul we announce and take pain to inform you of passing away of one of the shining-star, dynamic and distinguished image of our union, whom we lost to the cold and vicious hand of death, who inadvertently fell the victim of being a Nigerian. The atmosphere that clouded her untimely death and the event that sent her to her early grave is more than clear to the media.

“The Great Ife union believe that the inept of the government both at the state and federal level have continued to hunt the innocent Nigerian students. We discovered that late Miss Mary Motunrayo Ibitolu, who was an emblem of beauty and brilliance cum intelligence, upon her accident was not quickly attended to by medical personnel; the vehicle that hit her was not by any standard of traffic regulations supposed to be on the road.

“If the apparatus of the government had been up and doing, the young lady could have saved or even avoided the death. However, we have come to the reality that she is no more with us. The Great Ife community continues to mourn Miss Mary Motunrayo Ibitolu who will forever remain in our heart.”

Earlier, the Students’ Union of the university and its Law Students Society (LSS) had visited the Osun State Police Command in Osogbo to make enquiries on the driver of the school bus that crushed Ibitolu to death while she was on a motorcycle at Okefia area in Osogbo. Speaking on the outcome of the meeting with the police, the Vice President-elect of OAU Student Union, Miss Oladunjoye Opeyemi said the union was not satisfied with the response of the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mrs Folashade Odoro on the whereabouts of the driver saying that the PPRO refused to tell them plainly whether the driver was arrested and when prosecution would commence.

She disclosed that the PPRO said the strike embarked upon by the state judiciary has been delaying the arraignment of the suspect.

Oladunjoye who promised that the union would do everything in its power to ensure that justice is done urged the police to make proper investigation and ensure that the culprit is brought to justice.

Ibitolu was said to had visited a bank to withdraw some cash but the bank staff asked her to provide her Identity Card before she could withdraw. Ibitolu had boarded a bike home to get the I.D. Card before she met her untimely death after a school bus crushed her to death.

She had been buried at the cemetery of Saint Benedict Catholic Cathedral, Popo after a requiem mass held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Okefia, Osogbo.

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