The factory where a student of the University of Ibadan died has been sealed off by the Oyo State government.
According to Permanent Secretary, Oyo State Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Bashir Olanrewaju, in the government’s bid to investigate, the matter took a different turn.
It was gathered that a drama occurred, as some of the workers resisted the government’s move by holding them hostage for about 30 minutes.
However, the State Commissioner of Police, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, intervened and got them released.
Olanrewaju said: “The intention was to talk to them, not necessarily to disgrace them, as they need to be producing under a very safe environment.”
“It was also to investigate to know how it actually happened, with a view to preventing such in the future.”
“But the management resisted our men when we got there, we were held, hostage. I was one of those held hostage.”
“We invited the police and we were rescued, when the police came. Immediately, we called the police and they rescued us.”
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“We are conducting investigation. After that, we will decide the next line of action to determine their culpability, whether the accident was preventable or not preventable, whether they made some mistakes and how the mistakes could have been prevented…”
HSENations recalls that Richard Gbadebo, a 300-level student of the Department of European Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, died in an industrial accident on Monday
The 21-year-old Richard reportedly fell into the factory’s soap-making machine.
Guardian reports that the deceased student was said to be on a night shift.
Nylon was said to have rolled round his hand and in the process of trying to detach himself, the nylon drew him into the machine, which allegedly crushed him.
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