Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Students Cry Out Over Marked Increase In Rate Of Robbery, Union Leaders Visit State Commissioner Of Police

By Alabi Aderonke and 'Joba Ojelabi

Robberies in residential areas are not totally new occurrences​, especially in places with a dense population of Students. However it seems Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife might have just had enough of these sardonic incidents. 

In what seems like the straw that broke the camel's back, about three female hostels in maintenance area were robbed in between the late hours of Monday, 26th June 2017 and the early hours of Tuesday, 27th June 2017. The three hostels affected include B-ver, Aquifer and Stella Hostels and there are reports that several valueables were carted away by the armed men, who were alleged to have come in through bush paths. There were also reports of a number of other robberies occuring simultaneously at the time of the incident in some other student hostels in town.
Keeping in mind that "Maintenance" as the estate of female hostels is called used to be regarded as one of the safest residential areas outside the University Campus, perhaps this is why several students and organisations have begun to express fears over the state of security in the town at large. It was thus lauded by many when the President of the Students' Union alongside a team of some other students visited the Osun State police command later in the morning of Tuesday, 27th June 2016.

The visit, which was to express the concern of Students over the sardonic state of security in the town, was to the Commissioner of Police of the state. However, upon arrival, it was learnt that the Commissioner was not around at the time and so the delegates were attended to by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, John Abang. In the report of the meeting by the Public​ Relations Officer of the Union, Mr Okediji Simeon, the Union expressed her concerns as regards the state of security in the town, making several demands to help better the situation. In response, the Deputy
Commissioner appreciated the leaders for directing their grievances to the appropriate quarters and ​promised to look into the issues raised, he also charged the Union leaders to also try, as much as possible to curb cultism in the institution.

Hopefully, the state of security would improve in the days to come as it seems a lot of residents are already against the wall.
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