The raping of female students of the Federal College of Agriculture Akure (FECA) triggered a protest at the institution, due to which motorists and transporters on the busy Ado-Owo expressway were forced to seek other routes. The education institution has been shut down as a consequence.
According to the New-York-based website Saharareporters, the unfortunate incident occured at around 1:15am, when the majority of students were resting after a night of studying for their examinations.
One victim had been named as a student of Animal Health Science, while the other one is reportedly of Agricultural Engineering. The girls are freshmen in the institution.
At the College, the accident was described as "violent," and the students were heard screaming during the assault.
According to the eyewitnesses, the hoodlums numbered about five and were armed with machetes, knives, juju and other dangerous items as they made their way into the girls hostels.
"The rapists broke into the bush path of the institution leading to the Ado-Owo expressway to gain entrance into the institution and raped the female students violently as they screamed for help," said one of the students.
The protesting students blocked the major entrance of the school and adjacent roads for about six hours, criticizing the untimely response of the security agencies and the nonchalant attitude of the school management. It was gathered that the protest also disrupted the institution’s examinations which were supposed to have taken place this morning.
Speaking on the incident, the Students Union Government (SUG) President, Oladipo Akindamini blamed the attack on the female students on the poor security in the institution.
"The Security Officers of the school are bad and nothing to write about. For the past two years now we have been experiencing bad incidents in this school," he said, also condemning the management which failed to respond promptly called upon.
He confirmed that the victims were rushed to the State Specialist Hospital.
Akindamini also expressed disappointment at the state of the institution's clinic which, he said, is in a worrisome situation. The security officers of the institution refused to talk over the issues and referred to the management.
Earlier, one of the hoodlums, who was identified as a student of the school was caught and also alleged to have spearheaded the attack, escaped after being handed over to school security. His name was later given as Modupe Ife Oluwa, a part time student of Agricultural Engineering.
"One of the hoodlums was later rearrested and before we could know what was happening we heard he has escaped from the security detention room and eluded into the bush," the students said, condemning school security.
The Provost of the institution, Dr. Mary Omofolarin Ogunkoya, confirmed that one of the rapists was a student of the institution who led and masterminded the crime, but had escaped after being arrested.
"This is a sad incident but we have rushed the victims to the state hospital after discovering they were bleeding profusely," she said. "We are going to close the school to pave way for peace and investigate the matter."
She however debunked claims that the institution does not have adequate security, pointing out the challenge of the many bush paths around the institution. The management, she said, was intensifying efforts to construct a perimeter fence for the school.
"It is not my making that the place is not fenced, we have informed the appropriate quarters to construct a fence but all no avail," she said.