Three suspected miscreants, who have allegedly been terrorising the University of Ilorin community for some time now, have been arrested and handed over to the police.
The arrest was made on Friday, after the University Security Patrol Team raided the hoodlum while operating in one of the class areas of the University.
Reacting to the development, the Sub-Dean, Student Affairs, Dr Alex Akanmu, said that for some weeks the University community has been witnessing cases of robbery by miscreants.
Dr Akanmu confirmed that the miscreants had been coming through the back route of the University, especially at night, to attack students reading in the classrooms with the aim of stealing their belongings like phones, laptops and other valuables.
“The culprits were caught by the University security patrol team, stealing students’ property, barging into their lecture rooms with cutlasses to frighten them during their night classes”, he said.
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Assuring the students of adequate security, Dr Akanmu said that “the gang members have been handed over to the police and that all the stolen property of the students have been recovered and have been given back to the owners”.
The Sub-Dean praised the University efforts in improving security measures to ensure that lives and properties of members of the University community are adequately protected.
Dr. Akanmu added that measures such as the Off-Campus Hostel Management System (OHMS), which makes it possible for students staying off campus to call the Students Affairs Unit or Security Office in case of an emergency, and regular patrol by the University security, is in place to address continuous protection of students of the University.
He noted that the security measures in place also extend to students living off-campus especially in accredited hostels recognised by the University.
The Sub-Dean, who urged students living off-campus to always report any harassment to the Student Affairs Unit, advised the University community to be vigilant and not hesitate to provide vital information that will assist the Unit and the security personnel in ensuring that the University community is well protected.
“Let me remind students to be vigilant, be their brother’s keepers and shouldn’t hesitate in providing relevant information that will expose the evil ones among them”, he said.
Dr Akanmu also enjoined the students to read and abide by the University rules as contained in the Students’ Information and Regulations Handbook given to them by their Faculty Officers and desist from any criminal activity.