Three female students of the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, Ondo State, were allegedly raped by suspected hoodlums who invaded their campus in the early hours of Tuesday.
Scores of students of the college staged a protest in the state capital that same day, against this violation of their colleagues.
The aggrieved students blocked the ever-busy Fiwasaye/Owo Road, causing a gridlock that lasted many hours.
President of FECA Students Union, Mr. Oladapo Akindamini, explained that about five hoodlums allegedly led by a part-time student of the school, invaded the campus around midnight and headed for the female hostel.
He said, “Other students were alerted by the noise from the female hostel only to discover that two of the female students had been raped while the third student was molested and cut with a machete.
“Two other students were also wounded by the rapists. We have taken them to the general hospital for treatment.”
Adding that the students apprehended one of the hoodlums and handed him over to the school's security officer but he later escaped, which further angered the students.
According to Akindamini, “the major grouse of the students was that the security personnel can no longer guarantee the safety of students and staff living within the school campus.
The provost of the college however blamed the porous nature of the institution for the development and appealed to the Federal Government to complete the school’s fencing project.
She said, “It is true that some students were raped by the some of their colleagues who were on campus on part-time basis.”