Students of the Federal University of Technology, Akure(FUTA) living in the North Gate off-campus are now living in fear as they continue to suffer unrestrained robbery attacks.

They have also cried out to the school management and security agencies to come to their rescue.

It was gathered that the hoodlums who often attack both day and at night times, have made life unbearable for the students.

Besides losing valuable properties, some of them, particularly female students, are often abused.

Cletus Obi, 300L studying computer science, recalled that he had to relocate from the area he was living due to the activities of the criminals.

“When they come they take away valuables and sometimes they broke into rooms and rob the students of whatever they find,” he said.

“They will come in when students are not around and steal generators and water pumps from wells and boreholes, leaving students stranded without water in the hostels.

“I have decided to leave the area to a safer place so I don’t have to suffer the fear of being attacked.”

Another student who simply identified herself as Angela, said the situation is becoming worrisome as it appears nothing is being done about it.

“We know there is insecurity in the country, but at least this is a student environment and we need a safe place to study,” she said.

“Let the authorities do something about the situation now before it is tooate.”of

It was gathered that although the matters have been brought to the notice of security agencies, there have been no improvement in the situation.

Director of Communication at FUTA, Adegbenro Adebanjo, while responding to the situation, said the school management was aware of the predicament of the students and was in touch with the relevant security agencies to put an end to it.

“The University is aware of the situation and is working with security agencies and community associations in the concerned communities to ensure security of the lives and property of students living off campus,” Mr Adebanjo said.

“We have assurances of increase patrol of the areas by operatives of the Nigerian Police.”

Also, Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, said efforts were underway to stem the tide.

“Yes, security arrangements have been made,” she said.

Operstives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) carried out a sting operation at the off campuses of the institution at about 3am on Wednesday, arresting suspected internet fraudsters.

It was reported that students initially mistook the EFCC operstives for hoodlums who often operate in like manner.

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