By Adebayo Williams
The University of Ibadan has banned hawking and indiscriminate parking within the school premises after it received a threat by terrorist group, al-wilayat al-Islamiyya Gharb Afriqiyyah on Friday. The group had allegedly sent a letter to the school to intimate the authorities of its plan to attack the institution. When Punch visited the institution, there was a police van stationed at the gate with security operatives conducting a stop and search on vehicles and individuals going in and out of the premises. It was also observed that the management had enforced the ‘No Parking’ order at its gate.
The Director of Communication of the institution, Olatunji Oladejo, told Punch that the school had taken other security measures to protect its staff and students from any attacks by the terrorists.
“We thank the various security agencies working with us but I must state that there is calm in the school. Apart from the presence of police and other security agencies at the school gate and around the campus, the university’s security outfit is also well equipped, trained and staffed to complement the effort of the police and other security agencies. We are not taking anything for granted.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said the command had deployed its intelligence officers to monitor the movement of people in and around the ivory tower.