The Management of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, FUNAAB
said the the injured student during the last Thursday protest in the
institution, Taiwo Abisoye actually engaged the police in scuffle.

Abisoye who is currently receiving treatment at University Teaching
Hospital, UCH in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital was fatally injured during
the protest.

Contrary to the report in some section of the media, the management said
there was no life lost during the protest.

In an electronic statememt sent via [email protected], the
institution said the seven days break declared was to allow the management
put in place adequate security.

It however decried and expressed dismay at the protest whcih left
properties running into several millions destroyed.

The students, last Thursday went on rampage which lasted for about six
hours over incessant robbery attacks on their hostels.

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The protest however went wild as no fewer than four vehicles were burnt
down while several others were damaged.

The statement read in part, “The Administration of the Federal University
of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has noted with dismay, the recent
violent unrest by some students of the University.

“Sadly, the protest led to disruption of public peace, wanton vandalisation
and destruction of private and/or public properties running into several
millions of naira.

“Meanwhile, contrary to reports being circulated by certain media, it is
pertinent to state that there was no life lost during the recent student

“Rather, the only student, who sustained injury engaged a Police Officer in
a scuffle, and is currently receiving treatment in the Hospital.”

On the security situation within the campus environment, the management
said, “As part of the concerted efforts towards ensuring a secured
environment for members of the University community, amidst the security
challenges presently facing some parts of our country, FUNAAB has partnered
with relevant Security Agencies to ensure safety of lives and properties of
staff and students living within the University environs.

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“To this end, the University security team, in collaboration with the
Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) of Odeda and Obantoko areas, both in
Abeokuta, Ogun State, often take turns, on a daily basis, to patrol the
University environs at night. The University Management has also encouraged
the various communities to embrace community policing and vigilante
services, to support the efforts of the Police and the SSS.

“It is important to note that students have also been cautioned to avoid
attracting unnecessary attention to themselves, be alert, be vigilant about
happenings in their surroundings and be free to contact the University
Chief Security Officer (CSO), in case they notice any strange movement or
occurrence around their vicinities.

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“Provision of hostels accommodation is of great priority to the University.
Apart from the existing campus hostels, which the University had been able
to build within its limited resources, FUNAAB has also been able to get
well-meaning Nigerians; the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund),
through its Special Intervention Fund; private organisations; and generous
individuals to build additional hotels within the University, which are
currently at various stages of completion.”

The managent also directed that all lectures should not exceed 6pm daily to
allow student get to their homes before dusk adding that university
transportation services will always be available to convey the students.

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