••• warns public, students to desist from act of jungle justice
Two persons has been arrested by Osun State Police Command in connection with the death of a 500l Civil engineering student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Okoli Ahize Chizoputam, who died on Tuesday.
Okoli was beaten to death by mob on campus after he was alleged of stolen a phone at Awo hall hostel of the institution.
Reacting to the development, Osun Police Spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola commiserated with the family of the deceased and staff of the institution over the sad incident.
“On 11/4/2023 at about 3:30pm information was received that a 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 the 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 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.
“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 said.