To conclude that the death of three final year
and a 300- level students of the Federal
University of Technology Akure, FUTA, Ondo
State in an auto crash was sad and painful is an
No word is too big to describe the agony of the
parents and family members of the students who
had gone far in their education.
The parents have however taken solace in the
Christianity admonition: “ In all things we should
It was crying and wailing penultimate Saturday
when the news of the death of the students
filtered into campus.
The tension in the university was so high that
everyone wore a long face. The atmosphere was
sombre and a visitor to the institution would
easily decipher that something tragic had
Students gathered in groups to pray and cry in
the open field and lecture theatres while
lecturers and other university workers discussed
the ugly incident in hush voices. Traffic inside
the university was thin.
For three days,the university community
mourned the four students whose lives were cut
short in the auto crash.
Lectures were suspended.
That Saturday was indeed a black day in FUTA
as lecturers and students cried and wailed
The 500-level students who died in the crash
include Olaleye Israel Olumide -mathematics and
statistics, Owadayo Funke-microbiology,
Abolarinwa Olaniyi-electrical and electronics
engineering while Oke Oluwatosin was a 300-
level student of electrical and electronics
A source hinted Sunday Vanguard that the
students, under the umbrella of the Campus
Christian Outreach Programme, were returning
from a mission conference tagged, “PAROUSIA”
in Ibadan, Oyo State when the unfortunate
Fifteen students went for the conference in the
FUTA campus fellowship bus. Thirteen of them
are students of the university and members of
different campus fellowships while the
Coordinator of PAROUSIA for Akure Zone and
another student of the University of Benin, Edo
State accompanied the bus on the religious
journey which claimed the lives of four of them
and left 11 others maimed with serious injuries.
It was gathered that one of the students was
driving the bus when the accident happened few
kilometers back to FUTA. The crash, according
to eyewitness account, occurred along the
Ilesha-Akure Expressway. Report had it that the
bus conveying the students, on getting to
Ibulesoro town in Ifedore council area of the
state, skidded off the expressway after a
motorcyclist recklessly crossed the road.
The driver , who was trying to maneuver the bus
in order not to crush the motorcyclist, lost
control and crashed.
The bus reportedly somersaulted several times
before it finally stopped.
The four deceased students, it was learnt, died
on the spot while 11 survivors were rushed to
hospital for medical attention.
They were admitted at Ondo State Specialist
Hospital, Akure where they were rushed to by
The FUTA Students Union President Segun
Oladele told Sunday Vanguard that the parents
of the deceased students had been informed and
already claimed the corpses.
Oladele added that some of those injured had
been discharged from hospital.
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A three-day of mourning according to him had
been declared in the university which will be
He noted that a candle night processing was
equally held in FUTA in honor of the departed
Ondo State Police Command spokesman, Femi
Joseph, said officers from the command and
those of the Federal Road Safety Commission
responded swiftly to the accident and rushed
those injured to hospital.
Officials of the FRSC in the state attributed the
accident to over-speeding and loss of
concentration on the part of the students vehicle
The Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr
Adegbenro Adebanjo, said the students were on
a private religious trip when the accident
Adegbenro noted that the management of FUTA
was doing all it could to give those in the
hospital the best treatment. He confirmed that
the parents of those who died in the crash have
since claimed their corpses
He commiserated with the families of the
deceased students and their colleagues.
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