By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
Four female students of the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, Ondo State have reportedly been raped by gunmen who usually robbed around the university community.
The university’s students on Friday trooped out en-mass to register their displeasure over incessant robbery cases in their hostels, threats to their lives and properties and rape of the students by hoodlums suspected to be coming from neighbouring towns and villages.
Our reporter gathered that the students on Thursday during the peaceful protest partially blocked the Okitipupa-Igbokoda road, disrupting the free flow of traffic to register their grievances.
The displeasure was deeply registered during the confirmation by the students union president Damilola Okunomo, that the students were tired of the level of insecurity in the area.
He said the hoodlums robbed students of their valuables like phones, laptops, gadgets and rape female students at gunpoint.
Okunomo added that four female students were raped two weeks ago, alleging that the institution’s management was not doing enough to secure lives and properties of students.
“We are tired of this insecurity. Armed hoodlums usually come to our off-campus hostels, rob students at gunpoint, and also rape our female students.
“The school management is not doing enough as we are the ones securing ourselves by working as vigilantes most times. The situation is terrible.
“We urge the school management to do its best in securing us and complete all the uncompleted hostel accommodations in our campus as this will also guarantee our security,” Okunomo said.
Another student told newsmen that she and her colleagues had to relocate to squat with a friend because of the activities of burglars and rapists.
She alleged that they threatened to use charms on them.
“There was a night they came to our residence. They stole our phones, laptops and wounded one of us. We reported the incident to the Police and the Amotekun Corps without any action. Instead, they were demanding bribes from us before they can carry out their jobs,” she said.
Reacting, Ilemobayo Oguntimehin, Dean of Students Affairs of OAUSTECH, said that the school management was doing its best to secure the lives and properties of the students.
Meanwhile, report said the management of the institution has declared two weeks mid-semester break due to insecurity.