Nigeria:Armed Robbers Target Ogun Poly Students Again, Claiming One Life and Injuring Nine
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
Suspected armed robbers unleashed violence on students at Gateway Polytechnic (ICT), Sapaade, Ogun State, resulting in the tragic death of one student and injuries to nine others in Ode Remo during the early hours of Saturday.
The attack was specifically aimed at students residing in off-campus hostels in Sapaade, affecting areas such as Ode, Ipara, and Isara.
This incident occurred just a week after the school closed for three days due to student protests over the rape of female students. The armed assailants returned to Ode, targeting students’ hostels.
In the midst of the chaos, the attackers, armed with guns and heavy stones, broke into hostels around 3 am, terrorizing the students. The Larufi area of Ode bore witness to shattered doors, broken windows, and walls marked by bullets.
A student recounted the ordeal, stating, “I heard a gunshot around 3 am, and when I woke up this morning, I was told they shot nine students and one landlord. They were taken to the hospital, but one died. They stole a car to escape.”
A senior lecturer at the Polytechnic confirmed the attack, revealing that six individuals were shot, leading to one fatality. Expressing dismay at the recurring attacks, the lecturer criticized the government for failing to fulfill its responsibility to protect lives and property.
The Police spokesman, Omolola Odutola, has yet to respond to inquiries, while the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Adedayo Folorunsho, deferred comments, emphasizing the role of security agencies.
In response to the escalating security challenges, the student union of the polytechnic expressed a vote of no confidence in Governor Dapo Abiodun. They decried the perceived negligence and slow response to security concerns, highlighting instances of rape, theft, killings, and assaults on campus.
The Alumni Association called for a state of emergency on security and a curfew from 6 am to 7 pm in Remo North local government. The National President, Ajala Olumide, urged urgent attention from relevant authorities to address the volatile security situation around the school communities.
As investigations unfold, students and alumni appeal for increased security measures to ensure the safety of the Gateway ICT Polytechnic community.