A 100-level student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), identified as Heritage Ajibola, has died after accidentally falling into the septic tank in her hostel on Wednesday February 9.
It was gathered that Heritage, who was studying Linguistics and African Studies in the University, was packing the clothes she had washed earlier when she slipped into the septic tank in her hostel where students reportedly pay over N200,000 for a room.
The University’s Students’ Union president, Ogunperi Taofeek Olalekan, has confirmed the tragic incident in a statement he released on Wednesday.
The statement reads,
“Heritage Ajibola, the Linguistics and African Languages student who accidentally fell into the soakaway this afternoon at Bver Hostel, Maintenance Hostels, is confirmed dead!
This incident is highly unfortunate. The Union mourns her. May her soul rest in peace. May God give her family, friends and course mates the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
It must be noted that Heritage’s death was avoidable if the soakaway system was properly constructed and covered. It is saddening that this has happened despite the huge amounts of money paid by students for rent. The Management of the Hostel must answer for the death of Heritage. The Union is immediately demanding justice for Heritage, with a view to forestalling a possible reoccurrence of this.
The University’s Vice Chancellor has reportedly visited the scene of the tragic incident and promised to ensure that necessary actions are taken.
A video of the soakaway she fell into has been shared online by students of the school who took to social media to mourn her demise.