Police Pledge Adequate Security for Returning Students
Photo: The Commissioner of Police, Ondo State Command, Mrs. Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison (4th Left) with the Vice Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof. Igbekele Amos Ajibefun (M) in a group photograph with the University’s Principal Officers and CP’s entourage after the Police boss’ courtesy visit to the University.
The Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police has pledged adequate security for students and staff of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko even as the Institution is set to resume normal academic work on Monday this week.
It will be recalled that the Institution was shut following a violent students’ protest that rocked the campus and the host community after a student was killed in April this year by a speeding motorcyclist outside the campus.
The Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Hilda Ibifuro-Harisson, who gave the assurance during a courtesy visit to the University, assured the returning students of adequate safety, but counselled them to be law-abiding. She said they should resume with the mind of facing their primary reason for being in the University.
Mrs. Ibifuro-Harisson said, “Returning students must learn to be law-abiding. They should come back to face their academic work, while we will make all efforts to flush out those who are not students among them who want to infiltrate the ranks of the good students and create chaos.
“The law-abiding students should rest assured that they will be safe as men of the Nigeria Police and the University security will work together to ensure their safety.”
In his remark, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Amos Ajibefun, said that Management was committed to positioning the University among the best globally and vowed that criminal elements masquerading as students would not be awarded the University’s certificate.
He also thanked the Police for what he called its promptness, professional advice and guidance in quelling the students’ protest.
He said, “We are aware of what happened in other towns and places where some students lost their lives while protesting. But with your experience and counsel, such was avoided here. We assure you that the University will continue to collaborate with the police to ensure that peace reigns.
“We’ve been able to forge partnership with other universities across the globe to ensure we take AAUA to higher levels and ensure we make our students globally competitive. We will continue to do that, but the University will not allow criminals to take our certificate so that the name of the University is not tarnished. The Senate met and decided that they would be called back by May 16.”
The meeting was attended by all the Principal Officers and some Top Officers of the University.