The management of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), on Sunday, ordered the closure of the institution until further notice.
The development came as a result of the protest that followed the fatal accident, which occurred opposite the campus of the institution on Saturday, in which no fewer than nine persons, including some students of the university, were killed.
The directive issued by the acting Registrar, Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa, read, “Further to our circular of Saturday, January 23, 2021 and the attendant protest by students on Sunday, January 24, 2021, the acting Vice-Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof. Olugbenga Ige, on behalf of the Senate, has directed that the university be closed with immediate effect until further notice.
“All students are therefore advised to vacate the campus latest by 6pm today, Sunday, January 24, 2021.”
According to various reports, three siblings were among the victims who lost their lives in the crash.
The Ondo State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps and the state command of the Nigeria Police, said no fewer than nine persons were killed, while several others were injured in the accident that involved a truck belonging to Dangote Cement.
In a Facebook post by the former spokesman for the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Joe Igbokwe, the mother of the three siblings killed in the crash also died of shock on Saturday after hearing the sad news about her children.
In his post, the three guys were from same parents.
The trailer crushed three of them together in their shop and they all died instantly. Two of them were final year students of Ondo State University.
Similarly, a former Student Union President of the university, Samuel Adesomoju, popularly known as Sampraise, was also confirmed to be one of the victims of the crash.
The Global President of the National Association of Ondo State Students, Ayoade Kikiowo, confirmed this to journalists.
Also confirmed, was the body of Adesomoju, a 500-level law student. The body was discovered in the mortuary after the crash.
One of his friends, Iyantan John, took to his facebook page, where he wrote, “The ugly event that happened yesterday in Akungba community will not concern the ‘Authorities’ that is why these incidents continue to happen often and often.
“The most painful thing is that I lost a brother who is so dear to me. Former SUG President and 500level law student, my acquaintance while in AAUA. May God console his family and the families of the late students. #RescueAkungba.”
Following the incident, students of the university took to the streets of the town to protest against incessant road crashes in the community, particularly along the university road.
The protesting students, who were singing solidarity songs, barricaded the roads that entered into the town and asked vehicles going into the town to turn back.
The angry students also sent back the state government delegation led by the Chief of Staff to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. All efforts to appeal to them failed.
They demanded the personal appearance of the governor and not a delegation.
The students stopped the delegation at Iwaro junction, in Akungba Akoko, stating that the government had neglected the community as no effort was made to curb incessant road accidents in the community.
They however, allowed the state Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Salami, to enter the town with his security aides, while the government delegation returned to Akure.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Senate Leader, who is representing Ondo North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice said it is time to stop the incessant carnage on the Akungba Road.
This he mentioned in a statement issued by his media aide, Kayode Fakuyi, on Sunday.