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Confusion As OAU Management Forces Female Students Out Of Their Hostels Over Renovation

A confrontation erupted at the Moremi hall, a
female hostel, where some students including
student activists and journalists were reportedly
manhandled.

Coming after short notice was
issued 24 hours earlier, the management of
Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) reportedly
begun throwing out students and their luggage, in
a bid to renovate the hostels.

According to Premium Times, Gbenga Oloniran,
the secretary of the Anti Neo-liberal attacks
against Students Association (ANSA), and a
female student were reportedly ‘arrested’ by the
security unit of the university.

Gbenga Oloniran, the secretary of the Anti Neo-
liberal attacks against Students Association
(ANSA), and a female student were reportedly
‘arrested’ by the security unit of the university.
The school vacated February 17 but students
writing their final year projects and those
undergoing their SIWES and Teaching Practice
(TP) programmes are still on campus.

Ayodeji Fridaus, who witnessed the forceful
eviction at Moremi hall, he said that the officers
were not ”considerate enough as they threw
students loads from the topmost floor”.
“Some of us are on campus because of SIWES.
Where do they want us to go?” she said.
Also, an occupant of Moremi hall, Miss Akinremi,
a final year student, complained that she is yet
to finish her final year project. She said her
property including her mattress was flung out by
rampaging officials.

Halimat Busayo, who resides at the Alumni hall
also narrated a similar tale of eviction.
The hall warden of Alumni Hall, who did not give
her name explained the reason for the action.
She said that ”the order (for eviction) came from
the school management for renovation
purposes”.

“The hostels were renovated when these
students came in. They should also allow us to
renovate when new ones are coming in,” she
said.

The Dean of Division of Students Affairs (DSA),
Isiaka Aransi, who showed up later in the
company of the school’s chief security officer at
the scene of conflict in Moremi simply instructed
the students to move out immediately.
A three-hour-ultimatum was subsequently given
to students occupying halls of residence to
leave.

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