Armed robbers on Friday morning raided the female hostel of Obafemi Awolowo hall, University of Ibadan, carting away valuable items belonging to the students.
The robbery, according to the institution’s Director of Public Communication, Mr. Olatunji Oladejo, was carried out around 1:30am by armed men numbering about 10.
It was gathered that the robbery operation lasted for several hours and that phones, laptops, cash and other valuables.
Oladejo said the robbers injured two students who were later rushed to our Jaja clinic for treatment.
“Our Campus Security Service with combined efforts of the policemen from Bodija, Sango and Ojoo and Operation Burst rushed there but the thieves had escaped,” he said.
He added that investigations had commenced and assured that the robbers would be apprehended.
Punch quoted an anonymous eyewitness as saying: “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 male and fully 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 she sustained a deep cut. She has been rushed to Jaja(the university health center) 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.”