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Obafemi Awolowo University undergraduate dies in auto accident

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TRAGEDY stuck Wednesday in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State as an undergraduate student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile –Ife was hit by the driver of a school bus and died some few minutes after.

The ugly incident reportedly occurred near Osogbo Grammar School, Osogbo on Iwo-Osogbo Road. The victim, Miss Mary Ibitolu, a part-two student of OAU, reportedly met her untimely death when the driver of a bus belonging to Muslim Girls Model College, Onibu Eja suddenly lost control after the bus developed a mechanical fault.

The faulty bus reportedly hit Ibitolu on a commercial motorcycle that was taking her to an unknown destination but the rider of the motorcycle survived the accident.

The unfortunate occurrence drew the attention of people in the neighbourhood and passers-by who rallied to offer assistance to the lady but she eventually gave up the ghost shortly after she was taken to a nearby hospital.

Eyewitnesses who were hawking near the scene of the incident said that the bus developed mechanical problem and the driver asked some passersby to help him push it.

The engine of the bus got started but the driver subsequently lost control due to brake failure and hit the motorcycle. The Guardian learnt that Ibitolu was a 200 level law student of OAU and was expected to proceed to 300-level when the school resumes for the new academic session later this month.

The school bus and the motorcycle had been impounded by the Nigerian Police Force, Dada Estate Division, Osogbo. ‎ The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mrs Folashade Odoro could not be reached at press time to know whether the driver was apprehended.

Funeral mass was conducted by the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Osogbo.


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