Two people have been arrested in connection with the death of Okoli Chizoputam, a student at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
On Monday, a student was beaten to death on campus for allegedly stealing a phone.
Days after the event, the Osun State Police Command stated that officers were dispatched to the OAUTHC’s accident and emergency unit, where the victim’s body was stored.
“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,” the Command’s spokesperson Yemisi Opalola said in a statement.
“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 statement added.
“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.”
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