Insecurity: Ogun Poly Asks Students To Go Home, Says “We Can’t Guarantee Your Safety”

Femi Adeleke
Students of Gateway (ICT) Polytechnic, Saapade, Ogun State were on Wednesday asked to go back home by the management of the institution, until the worsening insecurity around the polytechnic is resolved.
Students of the polytechnic have been reportedly battling robbery and raping around their residences in the last few weeks.
The management of the polytechnic also suspended the ongoing examination.
It would be recalled that, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) had on Tuesday threatened to shutdown schools in the state over incessant kidnappings and armed robbery of students.
NANS Chairman, Comrade Kehinde Simeon, lamented that, students of Gateway (ICT) Polytechnics, Sapaade and Igbesa now live under the fears of kidnapping and armed robbery.
The Acting Registrar of the Polytechnic, J O Popoola ordered students to proceed on mid semester break immediately until the security situation improves.
The internal memo dated April 28, reads “In line with the decision of the management, all students are to proceed on mid semester break with effect from the close of work on Wednesday, 28th of April, 2021.
“This us due to the security challenges around the students residences. Please note that the ongoing examination shall continue immediately the security situation improves.
“Meanwhile, all students should vacate their residences and go home. Any student that stays behind does so at his or her own risk.
“This is for your information and strict compliance.”
It was gathered that about two local members of local vigilance group have been arrested in connection with the security challenges around the institution.
The local security operative helping the secure the school environment has been allegedly been detained at the Police Command Headquarters, Eleweran.
When contacted, the Police Spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the security situation in the area has not “degenerated to level of asking the students to go home.”
“They might ask them to go home for any other reason.
“We are yet to be informed about that. And I believe that if there is anything like security threat, they suppose to confirm with the police then we all look at it and see how the security architecture of that place.
“The Commissioner of Police is always ready to entertain complaints from anybody. Not only that he will entertain the complaints, he will take urgent steps to nip such situation in the bud.”
Asked if he was aware of any insecurity in the area, Oyeyemi said, “I’m not aware unless I found out from the DPO in that area, I don’t think we have a very serious security threat in that place.”

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