ACADEMIC activities have been put unhold in Ondo State Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, as four students of the school have been raped by gunmen.
It was learnt that the hoodlums also robbed the students of their valuables like phones, laptops, gadgets before raping the female students on gunpoint.
Hundreds of students of the school trooped out enmasse on Saturday, in protest of the alleged rape of the institution.
The university’s students had trooped out to register their displeasure over incessant robberies in their hostels, threats to their lives and properties and rape of the students by hoodlums.
During the peaceful protest, the students blocked the Okitipupa-Igbokoda highway thereby disrupting free-flow of traffic.
The President, Student Union Government of the institution, Damilola Okunomo confirmed the ugly incident to newsmen.
Okunomo expressed concern over the security situation in the institution adding that ” the students were tired of the level of insecurity in the area.
He confirmed that four female students were raped by the hoodlum who invaded the institution from the neighbourhood.
Okunomo alleged that the institution’s management was not doing enough on the security of lives and properties of students.
According to him
“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.
The Management of the school has shut it down for two weeks over security threats.
According to the Dean of Students Affairs, Ilemobayo Oguntimehin, the school management was doing its best to secure the lives and properties of the students.
A student of the institution, who confirmed the closure of the institution to vanguard said a notice to that effect was pasted on campus on Friday asking the to proceed on a “two weeks mid-semester break”.
The students said that the notice directed them to return to their homes.
The Spokesperson of the school,, Abdulazeez Adebayo could not be reached for comments.
Recall that in May 2021, the students staged a protest over alleged incessant attacks, rape and robbery by hoodlums in their hostels.