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Major Fire Disaster Averted In Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), 12 Dead Bodies Affected

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)
Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)

What would have turned to a major fire disaster was averted at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife on Tuesday.

According to the Press Release made available to SOJ WORLDWIDE ONLINE NEWS by the Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, the fire incident occurred at the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology of the university.

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The prompt combined intervention of the Fire Service Unit and the Security saved the citadel of learning from the tragic incident



What could have resulted into a major fire outbreak in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, was today averted by the combined efforts of the Security and Fire Services Unit of the University.

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A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that the fire, which broke out at around 3:00am today, (Tuesday, 19th November, 2019) was caused by electricity surge which affected a section of the Morgue where corpses are kept.  Out of about One Hundred and Two (102) bodies that are kept in the Morgue, Twelve (12) were affected by the fire outbreak.

Accordingly, the Department has made detailed arrangements to duely and adequately inform those who have kept bodies (corpses) in the morgue.

Leading other Principal Officers to the scene of the incident, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, assessed the level of damage and instructed immediate repairs to the affected areas.  The Vice-Chancellor has also constituted a three-member committee to look into the immediate and remote causes of the fire outbreak.  Normalcy of academic and administrative activities has since returned to the area.


Abiodun Olarewaju



  • (c) November 19, 2019

Written by Adesoji OMOSEBI

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