Four months to graduation, Lateef Babatunde, a 400 level computer science student of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun, FUPRE, was killed by unknown gunmen.
According to a hostel mate ‘We were together discussing sports when he excused us to fetch some items outside. Barely 30 minutes later, he was lying in a pool of his blood, his neck shattered by one of the two gunshots we heard not far from the hostel’.
Academic activities grounded in the institution as infuriated colleagues shut the school gates to protest the killing of Babatunde.
Ominigbo Edafe, immediate past Speaker of the SUG said: “What is important is that we stand by the same demand we have highlighted in previous meetings. Ugbomro community is too hostile for FUPRE students. We cannot live there anymore. The way out is for management to provide us alternative hostels where our safety will be guaranteed. We want school-built hostels right in the heart of FUPRE campus.
”Part of the challenges too is that the host communities say they are not benefiting enough from the school and hey vent their vengeful discontent on students who live around them. The bottom line is that if the critical issues and our demands are not addressed satisfactorily, no form of academic or management activity will be carried out in the school from this moment.”
The insecurity being faced by students in FUPRE has become unbearable and management is hardly concerned.
The school authorities has today announced the postponement of the second semester 2013/2014 academic session resumption initially slated for Monday August 11,2014.
The management also directs students presently on campus to immediately vacate the hostels until further notice.