The Governor of Ogun State, Prince (Dr) Dapo Abiodun, has visited the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) to sympathize with the students and the management following a robbery and rape incident that occurred at some private hostels near the campus on Tuesday, October 24, 2023.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako Oyedele, assured the university community of the government’s commitment to ensure the security and welfare of the students.
According to a statement issued by the University Registrar, Dapo Oke, the university management received reports of an attack on some private hostels at Abapawa by some unidentified gunmen at about 2.00 am.
The university security unit alerted the Ijagun community vigilante team, who arrived at the scene shortly after the incident.
It was discovered that the hoodlums had robbed, raped and injured four female students in one of the hostels, while also carting away phones, money and other valuables from other students.
The raped victims were immediately moved to the University Health Centre, from where they were later taken to the General Hospital, Ijebu-Ode for further treatment.
Considering the extent of injuries sustained by the students, the victims were transferred to the Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) Sagamu, for adequate and comprehensive treatment.
The Deputy Governor who was accompanied by the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof Abayomi Arigbabu; Special Adviser on Security Matters, AIG Olusola Subair Kamar (Rtd) ; Ogun State Commissioner for Police, Abiodun Alamutu and Chairman, Odogbolu Local Government, Hon. Shuaib Ladejobi, visited the students at the hospital to commiserate with them.
They also paid a visit to the university to dialogue with the university management, representatives of the Student Union Government and other stakeholders.
The state government, in conjunction with the police, promised to immediately resuscitate the moribund police post at Abapawa.
It also called for an immediate meeting of all host communities leaders, the university management, student representatives, representatives of various security outfits, and other concerned stakeholders with a view of finding lasting solutions to the challenges.
The school management subsequently suspended the ongoing second semester examinations to allow the Student Union to stage an awareness campaign against rape and other social vices on the campus and its environs.
“The university management is also aware that the incidence may have traumatised some of the students, thus not putting them in the best frame of mind for the examination.
The exams will resume on Thursday, 26th October, 2023.”
The university condemns in strong terms the incessant attacks on its students, particularly the dimension of rape which took place recently.
The university however assured the students, parents and guardians of its relentless efforts in conjunction with the state government and security agencies in ensuring that the welfare and security of students remain a priority.
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