Tuesday, 5 September 2023

Gunmen Attack: Great Ife Students' Union Reacts Swiftly

By Ifeoluwa Adegboyega (Ifelaw PR)

In a shocking turn of events, a group of armed assailants descended upon the Ooni Crownland Estate, popularly known as Damico, in Ile-Ife, Osun State during the early hours of Tuesday. This audacious attack targeted a significant number of Students' Union members who reside within the estate.

According to a press release, the armed intruders focused their attention on two hostels within the estate: Dominion and an unnamed hostel near E and E restaurant, a bustling central point in the community. Eyewitness accounts suggest that multiple students may have been involved in the robbery, with reports of sporadic gunfire adding to the chaos.

Several students were reportedly involved in the robbery attack as the gunmen shot sporadically during the operation.

It was reported that the robbers gained entry into the hostels at about 2:08 a.m., leaving residents of the community in a state of unrest.

The security breach occurred at approximately 2:08 AM, according to the press release, plunging the estate's residents into a state of panic and distress. In a commendable display of vigilance, the Central Executive Council (CEC) of the Students' Union swiftly alerted the relevant security authorities. This included notifying the Area Commander and the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Moore Police Division, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of OAU Security, and the Quick Response Squad (QRS) of the University.

Thankfully, reports indicate that no lives were lost during this terrifying incident. However, one student sustained gunshot wounds during the ordeal. The injured student is currently receiving medical treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. The assailants reportedly fled the scene with stolen laptops and mobile phones.

Demonstrating a strong commitment to the welfare and safety of its members, the Students' Union leadership has pledged to engage with the Landlord Association of the estate and collaborate closely with the Police Department to address security concerns.

In conclusion, all union members are urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities without delay. By working together, the Students' Union believes it can create a safer and more secure environment for everyone.

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