The Kwara State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, have condemned the reported rape and murder of a 300 Level student of the institution, Miss Blessing Omowumi Olajide, at her hostel located outside the University campus.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, described the incident as horrible and utterly condemnable.
“The development is heart-wrenching and absolutely unacceptable. Such antisocial and despicable behaviour will never be acceptable to all people of good conscience, and all of us will unite to fight this to a logical conclusion. I call on the security agencies to get to the root of this dastardly act with a view to bringing the mindless perpetrators to book. I similarly call on anyone with valuable information to volunteer same to the security agencies,” the statement read.
He, however, commiserated with the parents of the deceased, her course/housemates, and the university community on this sad incident and also prayed to the Almighty God to repose her soul. “I join every person of good conscience to seek justice for Blessing so that such callous action and its perpetrators will never find a foothold in our society. I hereby send strong warnings that we will not tolerate indiscriminate violence against any person, much less the girl child. Enough is enough! The security agencies will get the perpetrators to pay heavily for this crime,” he said.
The Vice Councilor of the University of Illorin, Professor Abdulkareem, in his reaction to the unfortunate incident through the University’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Kunle Akogun, said that the University management received the report of the incident with a heavy heart,
He said the incident was not only ugly but also absolutely unacceptable and must be condemned by people of good conscience.
While sympathising with relations, friends and colleagues of the deceased, the Vice-Chancellor assured that the University would work with security agencies to get to the root of the matter and expose the perpetrators of the heinous crime.
Professor Abdulkareem urged students of the University to always be vigilant and conscious of their environment.
He also admonished the students to be wary of the kind of friends they keep, places they visit and ensure they report strange faces or irregular movements in their areas to the school authorities or security agencies in order to preserve their dignity, integrity and safety.
He restated the commitment of the University management to ensure the general safety of the students and staff both within and outside the school.276