Suspected armed robbers have raided female block of the Abdusalami Abubakar Postgraduate Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo hall, University of Ibadan, injuring two students and carting away with laptops, phones, i –pads and other valuables.
Abelnews gathered the robbers numbering about 10 attacked the female hostel at about 1:30am with guns and machetes.
They were said to have tied up a security guard, as was done during the initial attack.
The armed robbers was said to have made away with phones, laptops, cash and other valuables,
The Director of Public Communication of the institution, Mr. Olatunji Oladejo,who spoke with journalists confirmed the incident.
“The unfortunate incident happened around 1:30am as about 10 gunmen invaded the female hostel. They 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.”
Investigations, he stated had commenced to track the fleeing armed robbers.
An eyewitness who spoke on the condition of anonymity stated that her block was not attacked but that the robbers raided other blocks .
According to her, “My block was not affected, it was only block A, B and C. Around 2am, 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 marked with 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.”
She continued, “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 bikes that they banned are the cause of the current security problem. Since the ban of the bikes, the rate of robbery has increased.”
Recalled that the invasion came about a month after some robbers raided the Obafemi Awolowo Hostel at the University of Ibadan.