Rape: Kwara Gov, VC condemn murder of Unilorin student
By Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin
The Kwara State Governor, 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 a location outside the University campus.
Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq described the incident as shocking and utterly condemnable.
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary , Rafiu Ajakaye, Governor AdulRazaq said, “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 Governor said in a personal statement mourning the late Blessing.
“I sincerely commiserate with the parents of the deceased, her course/ housemates, and the university community on this sad incident, while praying 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.”
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.