Ondo University has been closed due to hoodlums robbing and raping students.
Following a spate of insecurity in the university community, the management of the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, has ordered the institution’s shutdown for two weeks.
The development came after students at the university staged a protest last Thursday.
It was gathered that the students specifically staged the protest to register their displeasure over incessant robberies in their hostels, threats to their lives and properties and rape of the female students by hoodlums, who reportedly from the communities around the university.
A source disclosed no fewer than four female students had been raped by the hoodlums in their various hostels in the last two weeks.
The President of the Student Union Government of the institution,
Damilola Okunomo, said the students were tired of the level of insecurity in the area, noting that the hoodlums robbed students of their valuables like phones, laptops, gadgets and rape female ones at gunpoint.
He said , “We are tired of this insecurity, armed hoodlums usually come to our off-campus hostels, rob students at gunpoint, and also rape our female students.
“We urge the school management to do its best in securing us and complete all the uncompleted hostel accommodations in our campus as this will also guarantee our security,”
In response, the school’s Dean of Students Affairs, Ilemobayo Oguntimehin, declared that the school administration is doing all possible to protect the students’ lives and property.
Similarly, the varsity’s Public Relations Officer, Abdullazeez Adebayo, verified the news, adding the school has already taken procedures to protect the safety of students’ lives and property.
He said, “It is true the students staged a peaceful protest, and the school has been shut. The management will be meeting with all the traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the communities over the security of the students. In few days from now, the school would organised a security summit that will involve all the stakeholders in the area.”