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Thursday, February 10, 2022

Undergraduate Dies Hours After Falling Into Soakaway

Heritage Ajibola, a student of the Department of Linguistics and African Languages, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, has died after she accidentally fell into a soakaway her hostel of residence.







Eyewitnesses at the scene of the incident, revealed that she was with her friends spreading clothes on a line when she mistakenly fell into the soakaway and got stuck in it.

They stated that before her friends could call for help, she had fallen deep into the hole.

The eyewitnesses said...

 “It took almost an hour before help came and even with the presence maintenance team and the Osun State Fire Service, it took up to half an hour before they could get her out of the soakaway.”

It was later discovered that the cause of the collapse was that termites had eaten the wood which was used to cover the soakaway.

The management of the university has also confirmed the incident.

A statement sent to Daily Post , the university Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that the student Ajibola Heritage Ayomikun, was a resident of BVER hostel, one of the private hostels in the Students Village.

The OAU spokesperson, who explained that the university management was saddened by the unfortunate incident, added that when the news got to management, it immediately mobilised the firemen from the university, Osun State and the OAU Teaching Hospital who through concerted efforts got the student out and rushed her to the OAU Teaching Hospitals Complex where she was certified dead.

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    1. So so painful. A beautiful young life with so much potential just cut short like that! This life sometimes I no jus fit reason am.......... Rest well young one.

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    2. Omg!so so sad...may her soul Rip

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    3. I hope her family sues that hostel and the school for negligence. RIP Heritage

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  2. The negligence on the part of the hostel owners caused this. Where on Earth do they use planks for soakaway? I wish the family of this girl would sue the owner of that hostel and let them pay heavily, others will learn but we know Nigerians, they will beg the family to bury their daughter because no amount of suing will bring her back to life. RIP to her.

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    1. Honestly I am so so pissed. Simple maintenance, how much will it cost them to put solid concrete on this small hole.

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  3. See the ordinary ground that they dug and covered with wood and called soakaway.
    I'm so pained at the death of this girl.
    May God give me money so that when my kids go to school, I will follow them and rent a good hostel for them or give them enough money for that, it would be more expensive but safety matters.

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    1. It’s a beautiful hostel. It’s just lack of maintenance that is the problem. And the annoying thing is it’s pretty expensive too!

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    2. Unfortunately the hostel is called maintenance hostel

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  4. So sad,may her soul rest in peace.

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  5. OMG!this is heartbreaking,may her soul rest in peace.

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  6. RIP Beautiful one. I wish someone around had adviced her never to step on a septic tank. 😪😪😪😪

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  7. Ha Stella, this news broke me yesterday. My friend that stays in maintenance called and narrated everything to me. She said when fire service finally got her out, she was somehow bloated. My God! I keep having mental picture of the tragic incident. The fact that she is just a fresher made everything sad. How will her parents take this tragic news! How should one start consoling them?

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    1. O my God. What a painful way to die

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    2. This is so painful. I can imagine the state her parents are at the moment. May her soul rest in peace.

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  8. This is so bad. Which way Nigeria.
    Nay her soul rest in peace

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  9. God have mercy,such a painful way to die😭.Rip beautiful,May God console ur parents.

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  10. What a horrible way to die!The most painful part of it is that her death could have been avoided by simply doing the right thing.What would it have cost the hostel owner to bulid a proper soakaway for goodness sake?

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  11. Oh my God, 😱😱 what a way to die, oh dear. Rest in peace young lady 😌😔

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  12. Oh no! Rest In Peace young lady 😞.
    This was my hostel when I was an undergrad, then it was newly built and it was expensive too! The least they can do is to maintain the facilities! Haba! Now a life has been lost!
    This is soo sad!

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  13. Chai this is so painful 😭😭
    Rest in peace Beautiful one and may God console your family.

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  14. How can they use wood to cover a soakaway for goodness sake????
    Mad people everywhere in this country putting people's lives at risk!!
    Students will pay house rent yet the landlord/caretaker cannot take care of basic amenities. Goshhhhh, this is sad.

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  15. Jesu this is sad. May God accept her soul Amen 🙏

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  16. Using wood to cover soakaway. May her soul rest in peace.

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  17. Oh no. This is sad. May her soul rest in peace.😥

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  18. This is really painful 😢
    May her soul rest in peace 🙏

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  19. How cheap a life in this country! Majority of the deaths are avoidable. Can one imagine the horror, anguish and grief the family is passing through upon hearing this carelessness from the university management? It's not as if the soak away will be covered in the next 15 years.
    Another avoidable death.

    May the Lord comfort her family and grant her soul repose.

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  20. A cursed country. A very cursed society. You can't come online and leave happy. Useless country. I wonder why I had to read this. Take a while and imagine how this kid died. How she battled for breathe with filth blocking her nostrils. Horrible country. Nothing works. A country that enjoys killings its citizens in a manner only seen in horror films. Just imagine being told a child you sent to school fell inside shit and died!

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    1. You just said it all. Nothing works in this country. Even schools, all they care is collect the money from the student or pupil, welfare or wellbeing is none of their business. Will they say that students living in that hostel have not been complaining about that shithole that eventually took a life? The country is terribly sick. Perhaps we should call back the colonial master to come and rule us again since we cannot rule or help ourselves.

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    2. Cesar, may the lady's soul rest in peace.

      May GOD comfort her family.

      BUT, how is this the country's fault? Is the country a living thing?

      When are we going to take ownership of our actions and inactions?

      That hostel is privately owned. The rooms are expensive. The "country" does not own or no anything about it!

      The monies paid wasn't collected by the "country'! What is the cost of a few bricks, cement, sand and labour?

      Enough of blaming everything but ourselves!

      The owners must be held accountable for this careless, and yes wicked occurrence.



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    3. Always looking for opportunities to display your childish anger. The Nigeria where I am raising my kids is not a cursed country, neither is it a horrible country. It is a blessed country. That hostel is a private hostel, the owner of the hostel and the students are at fault. The property owner ought to have used concrete to cover the soakaway, but he is only concerned with the maximization of profits. The students , including the one who unfortunately died have always known that the soakaway was covered with wood. When wood is exposed to water (rains) it weakens over time. As kids we were not allowed to play near soakaways that were covered with concrete. May Heritage's soul rest peacefully. Her parents ought to sue the owner of the hostel

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  21. This is so painful,I wish her parents will sue whoever dug this hole as soakaway and covered it with woods.
    RIP beautiful,may God grant fortitude to your loved ones

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  22. Painful death. May your soul rest in perfect peace pretty one

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  23. This is avoidable oooo... Kai!

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  24. What a painful way to die. Rip to the girl.

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  25. This is so painful!
    May God console your family.😭😭

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  26. Nigerians/Nigeria have a very bad maintenance culture. Back then when those hostels were first built, they were very fine and expensive. What would it have taken those in charge to carry out routine maintenance on them considering the fact that they are probably the most expensive off-campus hostel in OAU.I am very sad and angry. Someone should be held accountable. May God comfort her family and grant her soul eternal rest.

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  27. Life is this cheap in Nigeria; wood to cover sewage tanks?
    Has the whole university management resigned?

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  28. What a terrible way to die, so sad, so scary! May your beautiful soul rest in peace. May the good Lord comfort your family and loved ones.

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  29. So pained by this avoidable death. RIP beautiful one

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  30. So sad 😞 😔
    Rip to her.

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  31. So sad,may her soul rest in peace.

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  32. This is heartbreaking 💔 😢

    Rest in peace beautiful one..

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  33. The university is rubbish they should be sue to court for huge compensation. Why would they not check the safety standards of any facilities in the campus. Safety is key especially in a university community.

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  34. This makes me sad each time I see things that can be easily avoided.

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  35. 💔💔💔💔💔
    May her soul rest in peace

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  36. one hour!!! One hour! This poor girl was there 💔

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    1. My thought too. Imagine being inside shit for one hour😭😭😭
      How she must have suffered. RIP dear

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  37. Sometimes when you read about some deaths you wonder. Soakaway covered with loose boards and clothes line right by it. This was a disaster waiting to happen. Indeed such a horrible way to die🙆🏽‍♀️

    My heart goes out to her family because she went to get an education and met an untimely death. All of this because of laziness and not wanting to spend money. I hope the parents sue the university

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  38. What a painful way to die 😥 Rest In Peace Heritage. Oh! Her poor parent will so Devastated.

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