Nigeria: “UNILAG Convocation Marred by Chaos as Hoodlums Steal Academic Gowns, University Management Launches Investigation”

Nigeria: “UNILAG Convocation Marred by Chaos as Hoodlums Steal Academic Gowns, University Management Launches Investigation”

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In an unfortunate turn of events, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has faced disruption as unidentified hoodlums attacked and vandalized the institution’s school bus, stealing academic gowns intended for graduates participating in the 54th Convocation ceremony scheduled for the same day. The incident has left both the university management and affected graduates grappling with the repercussions of this unexpected disruption.

Graduates, who had diligently paid N15,000 to obtain the convocation gowns, were met with disappointment as reports emerged that the distribution of gowns had been abruptly halted due to the criminal act committed by the unknown assailants. The university administration sent notifications to affected graduates, expressing regret and informing them of the suspension of the gown distribution process.

In one such email to a graduate, the university stated, “We regret to inform you that the distribution of SPGS academic gowns is now suspended. Sadly, the remaining gowns were stolen, and our bus was vandalized this afternoon.” This unforeseen development has understandably frustrated students who had eagerly anticipated their convocation ceremony.

A lawyer, Malachy Odo, shared his experience, stating, “I paid 15,000 for a convocation gown yesterday and this is what UNILAG just sent me. This country is not a real place,” highlighting the disbelief and frustration among the affected graduates.

The incident is currently under investigation, according to Mrs. Ajoke Alaga-Ibrahim, the Head of Communications unit at UNILAG. She clarified that the disruption stemmed from crowd control issues during the release of academic gowns for the School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS) ahead of the convocation ceremony.

Alaga-Ibrahim emphasized that the investigation aims to determine the cause of the incident, identify those responsible, assess the extent of the damage, and implement measures to prevent such occurrences in the future. The university expressed gratitude to stakeholders for their concern and urged the public to disregard any misleading narratives surrounding the incident.

As UNILAG navigates the aftermath of this disruptive event, the incident underscores the need for enhanced security measures and crowd control during crucial university activities to safeguard the academic experience for students.

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