The management of the Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU), Ikeji Arakeji, Osun state, has ditected all its students to proceed on a two-week break.
Report revealed that the development was connected with the security breaches in the female hostels, which led to a peaceful protest by the students on Monday.
JABU students protested against the incessant invasion of the female hostels by some unknown men, who were allegedly molesting the ladies and stealing their money, phones and other valuables.
The management of the institution, after a meeting with the representatives of the students, had promised to address the issue and ensure the protection of lives and property on the campus.
However, it was learnt that an intruder again attempted to enter a female hostel on Wednesday night but was unsuccessful as one of the students, who saw him, raised an alarm, and out of fear, all the students reportedly moved to the staff quarters and auditorium.
“I heard that the intruder attacked a student; that really made everyone of us scared and we all took our pillows, blankets, water, bags and lamps and decided to go to the auditorium and staff quarters; that was how we were locked inside from the outside by our school chaplains.
“They also locked the male students inside. Now, the hostel porters saw the guy (intuder). They now believed that we were complaining about was not mere hallucination. They said we should go to one hostel, which is a more dangerous hostel.
“The environment is no longer condusive for learning; right now, the library is locked; they said no student should be seen in the colleges of Management Sciences, Natural Sciences, Law, Humanities and others,” one of the female students stated.
A statement by the Registrar of the University, Wale Aderibigbe, explained that the closure of the institution was for the management to address some of the concerns of the students.
“The two-week break will allow the management to put in place certain measures as contained in the students’ list of demands,” the statement read in part.
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