A 300 level student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Emmanuel Fatile, has drowned inside in a swimming pool of a hotel outside the university campus.
Our correspondent gathered that the student, who was of the Faculty of Pharmacy, died at the OAU Teaching Hospital on Sunday.
It was learnt on Monday that the deceased went to the swimming pool with two of his colleagues when the incident happened.
The President of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students, OAU branch, Adeyemi Yusuf, lamented the death of his colleague, saying that it was a painful loss to the association and Faculty.
He explained that Fatile died after returning to the pool alone without a life jacket.
He said, “We learnt that three of our students who are friends went to a hotel to swim. They were done already but the deceased entered the pool again to swim alone and drowned. The other students called for help but people around could not also swim. By the time a lifeguard came, he tried to rescue him but it was late already.
“The doctor said he was brought to the hospital exactly 05.10pm lifeless. After leaving the hospital, we went to the mortuary to confirm that he was dead.”
He noted that the parents of the deceased had been notified, adding that three people were currently detained for interrogation.
When contacted on the telephone, the Public Relations Officer of the Osun State Police Command, DSP Folashade Odoro, said “the matter is under investigation.”
Also, the Public Relations Officer of the school, Mr. Biodun Olanrewaju, sympathised with the family of the deceased.
He appealed to students of the university to place priority on their academics ahead of social activities.
He said, “We sympathise with the student’s parents. We appeal to our students not to endanger their lives.
“They should allow us to play the role of their parents by staying within the campus. It is painful to lose any student.”