Pandemonium struck at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, on Thursday, following the sudden death of a new student of the institution identified as Blessing Falana.
The deceased, a student of the Department of Social Demography and Statistics, was said to be a sickle cell patient.
A source in the school claimed there was a “wrong diagnosis” of the student during a medical test, conducted on her at the school’s health centre, as part of the requirements for her registration.
The source, who does want her name in print, said the late student was classified AS.
“Crisis set in and this weakened her and she was rushed to the health centre, where a further test carried out by a superior officer, confirmed her as a sickle cell patient. But things grew worse as she passed on a few minutes after was rushed to the hospital,” the student added.
The news of Her death angered the students, who immediately mobilised for a showdown with the institution’s authorities, but the prompt response of the school security operatives and policemen saved the day.
The students claimed that the institution’s management “deliberately killed our colleague,” threatening to sue the Vice Chancellor, Professor Isaac Asuzu.
They also expressed anger over the alleged refusal of the management “to allow us to unionise to enable our union fight our cause.”
But Professor Azuzu denied that the institution was culpable in the death of the student.
“For the records, the deceased was a sickle cell patient who had crisis and was rushed into the university health centre where she unfortunately gave up the ghost after medical attempts failed to rescue the situation.”
The VC added: “The university is actually mourning the deceased who was expected to matriculate on February 6. The issue of wrong diagnosis does not arise as being claimed by some of the students.”
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