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Curfew imposed on Ibadan varsity over security threats

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By Bukola Olasanmi

Following two robbery incidents recorded in the halls of residence, the management of the University of Ibadan on Tuesday imposed partial curfew on the campus.

The partial curfew, which takes effect from Wednesday (August 14), is between 12 midnight and 5am.

This decision was taken at a meeting of the University Security Committee, which reviewed the current security situation on campus.

A release signed by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Idowu Olayinka directed that all students and members of staff must have means of identification when asked by security operatives.

According to the Vice Chancellor, all male visitors to the three female hostels (Awolowo hall, Queen Idia hall and Elizabeth hall) are to be received outside the halls while female guests will be screened.

Olayinka added that any male visitors seen loitering around female halls beyond 8:30pm will be taken as suspect.

Recall that two female hostels at the university; Awolowo and Abubakar Abdulsalam) had been invaded by thieves who robbed and injured both male and female students in the process.

“A major decision of the Committee is to enforce a partial curfew from 12 midnight till 5am as from Wednesday 14th August, 2019.

“All students and members of staff should be able to produce a means of identification if and when accosted by security staff. This partial restriction of movement will be in place until further notice.

“Kindly ensure strict compliance, please, as part of efforts of ensuring the safety of all members of the community. In view of recent security situation on the Campus male visitors are henceforth prohibited from entering the above listed Female Halls of Residence.

“The Residents of the aforementioned Halls can only receive their male visitors outside the Hall.

“Female visitors should be screened at the Porters’ Lodge. Moreover, all male visitors are expected to leave the precincts of the female Halls by 8:30 pm. Any one found loitering will be regarded as a suspect,” the statement added.

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