The state of insecurity is a subject of national discussion and its resultant effect is evident in all nooks and crannies of the country with daily recordings of kidnaps, banditry attacks, insurgency and many other security threats all around the country.
The University of Ibadan and its environs have had its fair share of the rising reports of insecurity in the recent weeks including incessant attacks on student dominated environments around Barika and Orogun, where many students were robbed of their personal belongings.
Also worthy of note is the constant case of theft in Agbowo area, an environment dominated by students of the University of Ibadan living off-campus. Recently, there was a reported burglary case at Awo Mount Zion, where stores of religious organizations who had their structure at Obafemi Awolowo Hall car park was burgled and with their valuables carted away. Most recently is the sighting of dead bodies close to both entry points into the university, the main gate and the second gate of the University of Ibadan. There have also been attacks in some departments including the department of veterinary medicine and fisheries department among others.
All these cases confirm the state of insecurity within the university and its environs, an offshoot of the general state of insecurity in the nation.
With these increasing cases of insecurity concerning lives and property, it has become imperative that individuals take proactive steps to ensure their safety and security.
Listed below are basic security tips that can be practised, adhered to and well utilized to ensure safety.
1. Avoid lone or late night outings
It is a known fact that evildoers execute their barbaric acts mostly at night. In this regard, it is paramount to take precautions to avoid walking into the hands of these men.
Dark paths should be strictly avoided and if such paths must be taken, ensure to walk with someone and not alone. If you must walk alone, walk briskly and avoid walking too close to others.
2. Always tell your closest friends where you are headed
It has become more imperative with the increasing cases of insecurity that we try to relay our location and destination to close and trusted friends.
This will help to track individuals in the event of sudden disappearance or kidnap. The last shared location is very integral in locating lost individuals.
It is important to always step out with our mobile phones to ensure communication on the go when we need help.
Also, some phones have settings that can help you disclose your last location, and even record and send an automatic audio message to chosen contacts. You can check through your phone settings or google search this to find out more.
3. Try to avoid unknown faces and unfamiliar routes
With the increasing trend of insecurity, exploring new environments and even meeting new people is best at daytimes. Dark spot meetings with new people and late-night exploration of unknown environments should be highly avoided.
4. Learn and practice self defence
In situations where it’s impossible to access help, your help can be based on how well you can manoeuvre your way.
Individuals must know basic self-defence and its usefulness. Basic martial art skills are keenly advisable.
However, with regards to self-defence, the aim is first to ensure your safety in situations of dilemma even before seeking to overpower the menace. An efficient self-defence apparatus advisable to acquire is pepper spray. It goes a long way in ensuring the safety of the individual in precarious situations.
Reported cases of insecurity are daily on the increase in Nigeria and if proper measures are not taken to avert one from falling victim, it may soon become unavoidable and its resultant effect might be horrific and damaging to one’s psychology.