Students of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) on Thursday, protested the rising rate of robberies suffered in their living areas.
The students erected roadblocks on various roads in Abeokuta demanding that the school authority and security operatives secure their lives and property.
A student of the university who pleaded anonymity told TheCable Lifestyle that the robberies started months ago.
“The robberies started with those that were staying off campus so we did not take it serious.
“The students that were staying at Camp (an off campus location) were the first to complain about the robberies. Later, the robbers started moving closer to the school.
“At a point, the student union started encouraging students to do security patrols. The protest was peaceful until the policemen came and started using teargas and bullets on us.”
Abisoye Taiwo, a 100-level student of wildlife and forestry, was injured in the protest and is currently responding to treatment at the Federal Medical centre, Idi Aba, Abeokuta.
A church headed by Prof Olusola Oyewole, the vice chancellor of the university, was vandalized while cars and a police post at Osiele were also set ablaze.
Efforts to reach the student union executives of the university proved futile however, various comments were made by the students on various social media platforms.
— ادريس Olajide (@idris2inc) August 18, 2016
Do you expect the student to keep mute?
Ladies are raped, Guys injured, and robbed of their valuables
the time to #SaveFunaab is now!
— Apata Babajide (@Apatarock) August 18, 2016
#SaveFunaab 150 and still counting why the arrest Nigerian Police Force
— Laue (@maytheuhaydey) August 18, 2016
— I.G:HOLUMIEDE (@holumiede) August 18, 2016
The management of the institution has directed all students to embark on a seven-day leave effective from Thursday.
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