The evil that used to fly by night alone now seems to be walking in broad daylight. This is the only way one can categorise the menace that is going on in Agbowo. Daily, there are reports of theft of varying degrees, injuries to innocent and helpless individuals and even loss of lives and properties have become a regular report concerning Agbowo, an environment that is majorly populated by University of Ibadan students that reside on campus.
The University of Ibadan Students’ Union in her proactiveness have taken several steps to see to curbing of this menace but it seems as if it’s not enough to affect any change because just as the SU representative, school management and the delegates of the Oyo State Police Command were having a security summit and proferring possible solutions to curb the case of insecurity in Agbowo and environs, a gentle fresher who is even yet to resume for academic activities is been receiving death threats in broad daylight on the street of Agbowo.
The Student who spoke anonymously to Campus News shared his experience amid fear and trembling and called on necessary quarters to take steps to see that insecurity is tackled in Agbowo. He said ” It’s so sad that as a fresher I had to experience this insecurity just today (17/1/2022).
I was questing for an apartment in Agbowo today, the first street to be precise. On my way back to UI, I was called by some street boys. I didn’t answer them because I did not know any of them and course, because they looked like thugs.
I was just a few steps away from them when I heard one of them saying *“You don’t answer abi, don’t worry we’ll bring out g*n and trace you to your house and kill you”.* I had to double my pace after hearing that. I have never felt threatened and scared like this in my life before. The whole joy I was having towards our resumption sank.
It’s rather appalling and disappointing to find out that after the whole enthusiasm of gaining admission into the school you’re welcomed with such threat
I hope a lot of people see this. Please the Oyo state government should help in this.”
Such cases have become a norm with many UI students who have had to live through the night with fear and uncertainty. Much more a source of concern is the period these things are occurring. Many students are believed to still haven’t resumed since the University hasn’t resumed for the new session. One can only imagine what will happen when the school resumes fully with the majority of students resuming academic activities. The security of lives and properties is very important and all personnel required to achieve this should be fully deployed.