No fewer than eight persons including students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, in Ondo state were feared crushed to death by an articulated truck.
The report had it that ten others who sustained serious injuries have been rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention.
The school management has suspended examinations indefinitely and also closed to school main gates to honor the departed souls. The management directives was released through Acting Registrar, Opeoluwa Akinfenwa, it reads;
TRAILER ACCIDENT IN AKUNGBA AKOKO
The Management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko received with great shock the news of an accident involving a
Dangote trailer which occurred in the evening of today Saturday 23rd January, 2021 in which some of our students sadly lost their lives.
Management commiserates with the University community in particular and the Akungba community in general on the sad incident. Management had also informed Government about this unfortunate incident and we are working with Government to prevent a reoccurrence.
Meanwhile, as a temporary measure, Management has directed that the main gate should be closed with immediate effect. Staff and students are therefore requested to make use of the following:
1. Sports Center gate
2. Guest House gate
3. Eastern gate
4. The two small gates (i.e the one leading to the Works & Services Department and the one leading to the Student Union building).
As a mark of respect for our departed students, the examinations scheduled to start on Monday 24th January, 2021 is hereby postponed till further notice.
We appeal that our students should remain calm, as the University mourns those that lost their lives in this unfortunate incident. The University and the Ondo State Government are working round the clock to institute permanent solutions to the problem of incessant road accidents along Ikare-Akungba road.
Once again the University Management commiserates with the University community, the families, victims and people of Akungba Akoko over this unfortunate incident.