Deborah Olajide a second-year first class student of the Department of Food Science and Technology at the Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo State, was killed in a hit and run on Wednesday.
The incident happened on the Akure-Ilesa Expressway on Wednesday night just a few metres away from the main gate of the university.
The driver of the vehicle was said to have fled from the murder scene.
Mourning and angry students gathered for a procession in front of the school gate, blocking the Akure-Ilesa Expressway for many hours on Thursday evening.
The development led to a traffic jam as travellers, especially those travelling to the northern part of the country, were stranded on the road.
The students did not disperse until around 11pm.
Mr. Femi Joseph, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, verified the incident, saying that the real cause of the student’s death was still unknown to the police.
“The lifeless body of the deceased was found by the road on Thursday morning which gave an impression that she might have been knocked down by a hit-and-run driver but we are not certain about the real cause yet. Since then, we have been appealing to the students to be patient with us to do our investigation on the matter.”
The Head of the Protocol and Public Relations Unit of the institution, Mr. Adegbenro Adebanjo, who also confirmed the incident, described it as sad and unfortunate.
He said the students did not protest to block the expressway but only observed a procession in honour of their departed colleague.
“The victim died as a result of injuries sustained when she was knocked down on the expressway by a vehicle. But the students did not protest, they only held a procession to mourn their departed colleague. And the procession was closely monitored by officials from the Students Affairs Division to ensure that public peace was not breached in any way.
“At some point, the students converged on the very spot where the accident occurred to light their candles and this was responsible for the slight disruption in traffic flow on the expressway.”