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Boko Haram:UI Students Protest Insecurity

IBADAN- PROTESTING students of the University of Ibadan Wednesday disrupted on-going second semester examination over alleged lack of security measures by the authorities to protect them from the Boko Haram threat.

The sect had listed the institution as one of the higher institutions to be attack.

The examination had barely taken off when the aggrieved students stormed venues of the examination and forced the candidates out of the hall.

The intrusion of the students forced the authorities to put the examination on hold.

The aggrieved students led by the students’ union President, Mr. Tokunbo Salako, had earlier gathered at the halls of residence in the institution to mobilise others.

They complained that the authorities had kept them in the dark about the action taken so far to prevent the religious sect from carrying out their threat.

The alleged silence of the management, they said was further compounded by the total darkness occasioned by the power outage on the campus.

They went from faculty to faculty to ensure that the exam did not hold. But, when they got to the Faculty of Arts, the students writing their papers resisted them and this led to the tearing of their examination answer sheets.

Speaking, Salako said, “How on earth are we expected to perform well when there is no light and water to read for the exams? In fact the school authorities have kept us in the dark about this story of Boko-Haram targeting the school.

“We only got to know about it in the newspapers and the school has not deemed it fit to inform us either through memo or inviting the student leaders. We all know that terrorists attack where there is a large convergence which is more likely during this examination period. We need more information from the authorities. We need light to move at night and we need water.”

Though, it could not be confirmed at the time of this report, a source said the examination might have been shifted to a later date to allow the matter to subside.


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