The authorities of the Gateway (ICT) Polytechnic, Saapade, Remo North local government area of Ogun on Wednesday asked the students to go home over worsening insecurity around the polytechnic and its community.
OgunToday also gathered that the institution also suspended ongoing examination until “the security situation improves.”
OgunToday reports that students of the polytechnic have been reportedly battling robbery and raping around their residences in the last few weeks.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) had on Tuesday threatened showdown with the state government over kidnapping and armed robbery on students in some institutions in the state.
The State Chairman of NANS, Kehinde Simeon, while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday, specifically said students of Gateway (ICT) Polytechnics, Sapaade and Igbesa now leave under the fears of kidnapping and armed robbery.
He pleaded with the government to address the challenges within seven days or risk mass action against the government.
Responding to the situation, the Acting Registrar of the Polytechnic, Julius Popoola ordered students to proceed on mid semester break immediately until the security situation improved.
The internal memo dated April 28, reads “In line with the decision of the management, all students are to proceed on mid semester break with effect from the close of work on Wednesday, 28th of April, 2021.
“This is due to the security challenges around the students residences. Please note that the ongoing examination shall continue immediately the security situation improves.
“Meanwhile, all students should vacate their residences and go home. Any student that stays behind does so at his or her own risk.
“This is for your information and strict compliance.”
Our correspondent gathered that about two local members of local vigilance group have been arrested in connection with the security challenges around the institution.
The local security operative helping to secure the school environment had been allegedly been detained at the Police Command Headquarters, Eleweran.
When contacted, the state police Spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the security situation in the area had not “degenerated to level of asking the students to go home.”
“They might ask them to go home for any other reason.
“We are yet to be informed about that. And I believe that if there is anything like security threat, they suppose to confirm with the police then we all look at it and see how the security architecture of that place.
“The Commissioner of Police is always ready to entertain complaints from anybody. Not only that he will entertain the complaints, he will take urgent steps to nip such situation in the bud,” he said.