Arguably, Obafemi Awolowo Hall of The University of Ibadan is one of the largest halls of residence in Nigeria. Now represented as a nightmare, after a deep scar. ‘A scare resulting from the tale of two theft.’ In the space of two weeks, this hall of residence has recorded two robberies.
For those who do not know, Obafemi Awolowo hall is a female hostel set in an area far away from the arms of life.
Before yesterday, a cluster of bushes surrounded the hall, which over the years, has served as the hatching ground of crime in the area. To complicate the situation, a low hanging fence lies at the strategic point and has proven to be the entry point and exit of the nefarious beings.
Obafemi Awolowo Hall Of Residence
This dilapidated structure overlooks a certain Block in the hall of residence the same Block that has repeatedly recorded incidences of theft.
While, speaking to the Council for Hall chairpersons, one of the victims, Comfort (pseudonym) recounted her ordeal of the recent attack.
According to her narration, she had not been sleeping in her room since the last robbery incident about a week ago.
Also, She further narrated that a friend had reported that she had seen someone coming out of her room. Even after she confirmed it locked before leaving. She met this news with amusement, at first, only to meet her room in the likeness of a mad man’s wake.
Will UI Be Safe Again?
At this point, she ditched the humour. She had lost the serenity of her room, some money, and her confidence in the security of the premier university.
However, the story had a semi-joyous ending. For the residents of Obafemi Awolowo hall due to the proactive efforts of the Council; there was a silver lining.
This council is a coalition of the student hall chairpersons alongside a sprinkle of concerned individuals in the university community.
The council is primarily the reason why the bushes have been cleared around the Hall. In recent reports, they have also promulgated a security team, distinct from the university security system.
At this, one is left to wonder; whether the prevalent Nigerian practice of providing our basic entitlements, like power and security, will now be the anthem of the University of Ibadan.
I mean, if we are now providing our own power (most hall executives turn on their generators when there is no light) and we provide our security, what next?Desmond Efe-Khaese
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