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UI management assures students of security, peace July 12, 2019 3:06 pm by emiola ibukun - Nigeria - Robbery By Ibukun Emiola Ibadan, July 12, 2019 (NAN) The management of the University of Ibadan (UI) has assured students of the institution of security to forestall future robbery attack. Prof. Kayode Adebowale, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration of the institution disclosed this to newsmen in Ibadan to newsmen on Friday. “We have been security conscious that was why we raised the perimeter fence around the hall. “It is one of our halls that are close to the boundary of the university and the Polytechnic of Ibadan; therefore, many things had been tampered with. “However, we will raise the perimeter fence further and then put wire marsh that would prevent anyone from coming in. “We would also complete the perimeter fencing of the entire hall and increase the number of our security personnel manning the hall every night.’’ While narrating the ordeal of the incident and the scenario, Adebowale said “when we got the report around 1:30 a.m., I went there with the UI Chief Security Officer and some of the security staff. “We met some of the students outside in panic and one of the security men tied and we had to loose him and we tried as much as possible to calm the tension. “However, only two students were injured, one wounded on the head and was taken to University Health Service, Jaja and had since been discharged. “The other one jumped and I think she had a dislocation not a fracture,” he said. Adebowale said the Oyo State Commissioner of Police (CP), Shine Olukolu and other officers have visited the scene of the incident, adding that investigation is underway. “The CP came this morning to discuss with us on the event and we were lucky because one of the people that came about seven left his phone behind. “So investigation is on and it has been handed to the CP, so there is peace all around UI,” he said. When News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) visited Obafemi Awolowo Hall UI, students were seen in small groups discussing the incident and expressing fear of another attack. A student, who pleaded anonymity, said the robbers came knocking on doors of the hall around 1 o’clock in the morning, adding that phones, laptops and ATM cards were carted away.

Madagascar Risk Becoming One-tournament Wonders – Coach Dupuis

Nicolas Dupuis, coach of the Madagascar national team, has said the country could become one-tournament hit, unless fundamental changes are carried out in their football.

The Indian Ocean Islanders proved their merit of becoming the first country in the continent to qualify for the 2019 AFCON, by reaching the quarter-finals on their debut at the tournament.

However, following their 3-0 defeat to Tunisia in the quarter-final on Thursday, who works at a French fourth tier club to supplement his income, warned that they still had a long way to go.

“There is a lot of work to do with Madagascar. We need to build on the work that has been done to show that hard work pays off, or this could just become a one-off,” said the Frenchman.

“It’s going to be difficult to do better next time.”

The country, with a population of 25 million people, has no football tradition. It lacks a professional league, basic football infrastructure, and  all its top players are based abroad; with many in the French second tier.

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The country has never qualified for a World Cup, and never entered for qualification for the Cup of Nations qualifiers until 1980.

The country’s football federation is currently under FIFA intervention, after failing to hold federation elections in line with the statutes of the football governing body. It also does not have a federation.

Dupuis, who also doubles as coach of Fleury in the French fourth division because the salary he receives from Madagascar is not enough, said he was not sure whether he would stay in the post.

“I’m someone loyal and my priority is Madagascar,” he added.

 “I don’t know if Madagascar’s priority is to keep me (but) it doesn’t matter much.”

 “I have great affection for my players and for the country.

“I’m very touched by the support we have received from the Malagasy people, and the hundreds of people who have travelled here. I think it’s just fantastic.”

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