Unknown armed gunmen attacked one of the female hostels at the University of Ibadan on Friday morning leaving two students injured.
The armed men numbering about 10 invaded the Obafemi Awolowo Hall around 1:30 am and carted away valuables including phones, laptops and cash belonging to the students in the operation that lasted for hours.
Eyewitnesses told newsmen that the robbers who seem to have a knowledge of the hostel specifically told the students they will be back.
They said the robbers had left before campus security and men attached to Sango, Ojoo, Bodija police stations and men of the Operation BURST arrived at the scene at around 2:30 am.
Sources disclosed that the injured students have been taken to Jaja clinic inside the campus.
Investigation has, however, commenced to identify and arrest the perpetrators.
One of the eyewitnesses who won’t want her name in print for security reasons said: “My block was not affected, it was only Block A, B and C. Around 2:00 a.m., the thieves entered the hall, the seven of them, all males were armed.
“They were so familiar with the hostel, and they took people’s phones and laptops. A lady was assaulted with a sharp weapon and was sustained a deep cut. She has been rushed to Jaja (the university health centre) for treatment.
“The thieves threatened that they were coming back later. Our security men only came after the armed robbers had left.
“The school should provide us with proper security. They should employ uniformed and armed men who can protect us, not just people with whistles.
“I want to believe that the ban of bikes is the cause of the current security problem.
“Since the ban of the bikes, the rate of robbery has increased,” she added.
Efforts to reach the Director of the Public Communication of the institution, Mr. Olatunji Oladejo proved abortive.
A campus journalist spoke to TheCable on the condition of anonymity said the accommodation process is ongoing at the hall and porters were apportioning rooms to students.
He said the students concluded that the porters brought more students when the robbers came knocking.
“Porters went to the female rooms around 11pm finding the number of people in each room. I think they were trying to add more people to each room. So shortly before 1am, robbers came and those ladies thought it was actually the porters that came back again and opened the doors freely but the attackers pointed guns at them.
“Those ones that were sluggish, you know some of them were sleeping, some were scared, were beaten and physically harassed and tortured. There was no report of rape. I think about five people were physically assaulted.
“One particular lady was taken as hostage and dragged from one block to another. When she was found, they discovered that she had bruises all over. She was taken to the university clinic.
“They said they tried to get in contact with Abefele, the security unit, but the robbers had gone by the time the security team got there. The students in Awo hall are currently protesting.”
K.O Adebowale, deputy vice chancellor (administration), was said to have visited the affected hostel around 4am.
The dean of students affairs, Adekeye Abiona, explained the incident to TheCable,
“We are already on top of the situation. The commissioner of police was around this morning and we doing all we can to solve the problem in the hall so that there won’t be a repeat of the situation. We are beefing up the security, more personnel will be there, also, we want to raise the fence to a higher level.”