Following the death of a 500-level student of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Okoli Ahize Chizoputam on Tuesday over the alleged stealing of a mobile phone at a hall of residence on the campus. No fewer than two persons connected with the murder of the student have been arrested by the Osun State Police Command.
The state’s police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Yemisi Opalola who made this known in a statement in Osogbo, expressed sadness on the development and said the discreet investigation is ongoing on the case and more arrests will be made
According to the spokesperson, ” The Police Command saddened by this unwarranted action sternly warned members of the public especially Students to desist from any act of jungle justice or taking laws into their hands and follow the rules of the law by reporting any criminal activities or behaviours to the Police or other relevant authorities.”
She explained, “On the 21st of April at about 3:30 pm information was received that the lifeless body of one Okoli Ahize Chizoputam ‘m’ a student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) was taken to the accident and emergency unit of OAUTHC by some students of the institution.”
“The Police on receiving the information, visited the hospital and it was revealed that the deceased was alleged to have stolen a phone at Awo Hall of the institution on 10/4/2023 and beaten to coma by some of their fellow students which eventually led to his death.”
” Meanwhile Two (2) suspects have been arrested in connection with the case and discreet investigation is ongoing.”
The Police command commiserates with the parents of the deceased and staff of the Institution and prays to God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss”, she stressed.
Recall that Edugist reports that fellow students of a 500-level Civil Engineering student, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Okoli Ahize who was killed by a mob on the school campus on Wednesday staged a peaceful protest around the institution to condemn the killing of the deceased.