Tension is said to be building up at the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State, over the sudden death of a fresh student of the institution, Blessing Falana, on Thursday.
The deceased, a student of the Department of Social Demography and Statistics, was said to be a sickle cell patient.
A source in the school claimed there was a “wrong diagnosis” of the student during a medical test, conducted on her at the school’s health centre, as part of the requirements for her registration.
The source, who craved anonymity, said the late student was classified AS.
“Crisis set in and this weakened her and she was rushed to the health centre, where a further test carried out by a superior officer, confirmed her as a sickle cell patient. But things grew worse as she passed on a few minutes after was rushed to the hospital,” the student added.
Her death was said to have angered other students of the institution, who immediately mobilised for a showdown with the school’s management.
But the prompt response of the school’s security operatives and those of the police saved the situation from degenerating.
The students accused the management of “deliberately” killing their colleague and vowed to drag the Vice Chancellor, Prof Isaac Azuzu, before the court to explain what was responsible for the death of the student.
They accused the school’s mangement of poor funding of the health centre, alleging that the centre lacked essential drugs.
However, the VC denied the culpability of the university in the death of the student.
“For the records, the deceased was a sickler. She had crisis and was rushed to the University Health Centre, where she unfortunately gave up the ghost after medical attempts failed to rescue the situation. There was no case of wrong diagnosis.
“The university is actually mourning the deceased, who is expected to matriculate on February 6, 2015,” Azuzu said.