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UNIBADAN bans male visitors from female hostels, gives reason

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The management of the University of Ibadan has announced that male visitors have been banned from entering any of the institution’s female shelters.

The institution announced that the decision to ban male visitors from shelters was necessary because of recent robbery attacks on female shelters in the institution.

GISTOK recalls that some armed robbers had attacked in July this year the Obafemi Awolowo room, where student properties, from mobile phones, laptops, and money, were stolen from innocent students. Our correspondent deduced that no less than two students were injured in the robbery attack at the women’s shelter.

A similar incident was recorded in the hall of Abubakar Abdulsalami, a postgraduate shelter, in the early hours of Sunday, where the students’ property was taken. Some students were also injured during Sunday’s attack.

But, the institution in a statement entitled, “Security measures in Queen Elizabeth Hall, Queen Idia Hall, and Obafemi Awolowo Hall,” said that as part of the measures to prevent robbery attacks, students should also be examined in the Porters hostel in Women’s hostels.

The institution’s vice-chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka, in a statement obtained by GISTOK on Tuesday, added that female shelter residents should receive visitors outside their shelters.

Olayinka said: “In view of the recent security situation on the Campus, male visitors are now prohibited from entering the Women’s Residences mentioned above.

“The residents of the mentioned rooms can only receive their male visitors outside the office. Female visits must be examined at the Porters’ Lodge.

“Also, all-male visitors are expected to leave the precincts of the female rooms before 8:30 p.m. Anyone who is hanging around will be considered suspicious.