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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

EFIWE NEWS: University Of Ibadan Bars Hawkers And Food Vendors, Tightens Security | READ



Authorities of the University of Ibadan have barred hawkers and recharge card vendors from operating in the institution, finding by one of our correspondents revealed on Monday.

This comes as the university also enforced
the ‘no parking’ order at its gate.
These measures, it was learnt, were put in
place to check the threat message
purportedly sent to some workers of the
institution by a terrorist group, al-wilayat
al-Islamiyya Gharb Afriqiyyah on Friday.



One
 of our correspondents, who visited the
school on Monday, observed that a police
van was stationed in front of the gate with
policemen conducting stop and search on
vehicles and individuals entering the school.


Many of the recharge card vendors and
other hawkers who used to occupy the
school gate were not there, just as the ‘no
parking’ order usually flouted by

commuters was strictly enforced.

But the Director of Communication, Olatunji
Oladejo, who spoke to one of our
correspondents, said the institution had
taken other necessary security measures to
safeguard lives and property in the school.
Oladejo said the institution was
collaborating with security agencies to
forestall any attack on the ivory tower.


He said, “We thank the various security
agencies working with us but I must state
that there is calm in the school. Apart from
the presence of police and other security
agencies at the school gate and around the
campus, the university’s security outfit is
also well equipped, trained and staffed to
complement the effort of the police and
other security agencies. We are not taking
anything for granted.”


At the Sango Police Station, a few
kilometres away from the school, an
armoured personnel carrier was
strategically parked in front of the station.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the
state, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said the
command had deployed its intelligence
officers to monitor the movement of people
in and around the ivory tower.


Meanwhile, the Head, Directorate of Public
Relations, Federal University of Agriculture,
Abeokuta, Ogun State, Mrs. Emi Alawode,
on Monday, said that the ivory tower had
put adequate security measures in place.
Apart from the private security
arrangements on campus, the institution,
she said, was liaising with the security
agencies, such as the Police, Nigeria
Security and Civil Defence Corps.


Alawode also noted that the institution had
deployed the ‘town and gown’ strategy, in
order to ensure regular stakeholders’
meeting within the school and its environs.
She said, “Within our host communities,
there are also Fulani herdsmen. We have
started holding regular meetings with
members of the host communities. The
idea is that they can inform us of the new
faces in their midst.”


The Director of Information, Olabisi
Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Mr. Niyi
Oduwole, said the security men in the
institution had always been on guard, as
the institution had perfected an effective
security arrangement.


He added, “Modern security is intelligence-
driven and that is what we do here.”
In a related development, the National
Association of Nigerian Students has called
on the Federal Government to beef up
security in the universities in the South-
West.


Its South-West Deputy Coordinator, Mr.
Saheed Afolabi, said security agencies must
ensure that adequate security arrangements
were in place to prevent any attack in the
institutions.


Afolabi said, “The threat to bomb the
University of Ibadan by the terrorist group
should not be taken with levity. Security
measures should be in place to prevent
this.”

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