An unidentified male student of University of Ibadan, Distance Learning Programme, UI DLC, on Friday slumped and died while writing his first semester examination in Lagos.
The incident according to an eye witness, caused pandemonium in the Adebayo Akande Hall, Ikeja venue of the examination, after information flittered in that the student had died.
One of the students, who identified himself as Oluwatoyin, said that the yet-to-be identified student, a 100 Level student in Political Science Department slumped at about 2pm after complaining of headache while writing his POS 111 (The Study of Politics).
Oluwatoyin lamented that after he slumped, none of the officials of the university attended to him for minutes, saying “rather, they were busy calling other students to come in for their exams.
”We gathered that over 500 students converged at the venue of the examination. But there was no provision for ambulance or any medical official to provide first aid.
“Maybe the student would have survived if he had received quick medical attention. But, it was one of the students who ran to the taxi garage to hire a taxi used to convey him to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH for treatment. When they arrived at the hospital, he was pronounced dead.”
The source added that the news of his death angered the students who vowed that they will burn the examination venue, noting “we paid for medicals but we have never received any from the school management.”
Reacting over the development, the Director of the DLC programme for the institution, Professor Bayo Okunade in a text message to the students said “In view of the regrettable and sad incident in Lagos this afternoon, the first semester exams are hereby suspended.
“We seek the understanding of our students especially those in Lagos at this time. We will do our best to address the situation. Please remain calm at this trying moment. We will get back to you all.”