No fewer than four students of Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) in Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State have been allegedly raped by suspected robbers at a hostel in the Abapawa area of the town.
According to reports, some suspected armed robbers broke into a hostel on Tuesday, stole valuables, and raped four students.
According to a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the rape by the robbers led to an uproar among the students, which eventually caught the attention of the state government.
He said, “The students’ protest against the unfortunate event caught the attention of the state government.
“This led to the intervention of the state Deputy Governor, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, who paid a visit to the rape victims at the state hospital where they are receiving treatment.”
Reacting to the incident, the school’s registrar, Dapo Oke, announced the suspension of the ongoing second-semester examinations.
Speaking on the incident, Dapo Oke, the school’s registrar, announced the suspension of the ongoing second-semester examinations.
“Members of the university community are strongly advised to remain vigilant regarding security matters and promptly report any suspected security concerns to the appropriate authorities,” Oke said.
The state administration was also said to have sent a delegation led by the deputy governor, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, who assured the students of adequate protection.
Salako-Oyedele stated in a Facebook post that the Commissioner of Police and other stakeholders are on top of the matter to guarantee the robbers are brought to justice.
She wrote, “Earlier today, after receiving the distressing news about armed robbery at some TASUED hostels and the brutal rape of four female students, His Excellency Prince Dapo Abiodun CON directed me to immediately visit the victims and the campus on a fact-finding mission and to pledge the government’s support in ensuring this doesn’t happen again.
“I have visited with the girls who are now being cared for and given the necessary support to heal from their trauma at the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) at OSUTH.
“Ensuring the safety and well-being of our students is of utmost importance, and I subsequently had a crucial meeting with the management and students of TASUED. I was joined by the Ogun State Commissioner for Police, Mr. Abiodun Alamutu, and the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, where we discussed concrete steps to bolster security measures and foster a safe environment on campus and in the adjacent host community.
“The Ogun State Government is committed to ensuring the safety of all citizens and that our institutions remain safe spaces for learning and growth. The CP has promised that the police will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice and justice prevails.”.
At the time of filing this report, the state police public relations officer, Omolola Odutola, said she was not aware of the incident and could not make any comments on the matter.
“I am not aware yet of the situation; please don’t speak until I am aware of all relevant facts. Please bear with me,” Odutola stated.