Robbery/rape: Federal Poly Rector, Aluko holds crucial meeting with stakeholders

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…as ASUP urges member-landlords to support CDAs

Following the recent robbery attack and alleged rape of some students of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, the rector of the institution, Arc. Olusegun Aluko has convened a crucial stakeholders meeting to address the ugly development.

At the meeting held on Monday, 18th April, representatives of all security agencies such as police, Nigeria Civil Defence and Security Corps, Amotekun, So Safe Corps, Vigilance groups and Community Development Councils and Associations.

Others include the students’ union representives and National Association of Nigerian Students and Heads of classes among others.

The meeting agreed that there were lapses and there was the urgent need to close those gaps, zeroing on the lackadaisical attitude of landlords who put buildings for rent without bothering about the safety of their tenants who are mostly students of the polytechnic.

While the outcome of the meeting indicated that there were no cases of rape, it however admitted that “there is an increase in cases of armed robbery in the town, but not as escalated as its being reported.”

The communique also indicted landlords /landladies/caretakers/agents  for failure to document the identities of their tenants with the institution, and do they participate in the activities of the CDAs, yet they do not provide security for their tenants, despite the high rates being charged.

Students were equally faulted as some of them are in the habits of “night crawling, display of affluence, through the use of expensive phones and gadgets, engaging in free fraud practices, otherwise known as yahoo- yahoo and use of generators for almost 24 hours daily.”

Stakeholders resolved to restrict movement between 11pm and 4am, especially by students with immediate effect and that students should always have their identity cards with them at all times

They equally agreed that all generators should be switched off, latest by 11 pm; and

the management of the institution should not only publish the names of rusticated, dismissed or withdrawn students, their pictures should be widely publicised.

While landlords/landladies /caretakers and agents were asked to verify and document the identities of their student-tenants with the school authority; and should also participate in the activities of the CDAs where they have commercial apartments and also assist in the security arrangements of their areas among others.

Meanwhile, the Academic Staff of the Federal Polytechnic, Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro chapter has  been called upon to support the efforts of Community Development Associations (CDAs) towards ensuring security of lives and property in Ilaro.

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.Dr Akeem Taiwo

This statement was issued by ASUP Chairman, Comrade (Dr) Akeem Taiwo while fielding questions from journalists during the stakeholders meeting organized by the management of the polytechnic.

According to him, “it has become expedient for our members who are landlords to be part of the CDAs where their properties are domiciled in order to ensure that decisions relating to issues of insecurity are taken collectively.”

On the issue of some staff having hostel accomodations outside the school premises, the chairman disclosed that, those with buildings accommodating students must ensure that they abide by the decisions reached at the meeting.

Dr Taiwo, however, used the opportunity to  appreciate the efforts of the Rector for his quick intervention on the the robbery and rape saga among the students of the institution describing it as “timely and exceptional”.

 

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