The management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has disclosed that it is yet to ascertain the numbers of students arrested by the operatives of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) during midnight operation.
It was earlier reported that operatives of EFCC raided a student hostel around 1 a.m. today, November 1, and arrested over seventy students, conveying them in white buses to Ibadan, Oyo State.
The institution through the public relations officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, speaking with our correspondent on a telephone conversation, noted that the hostel raided by anti-graft operatives is located outside the school campus, reports The Nation.
He said: “The University has sent delegates to the office of EFCC, we want to be sure of the numbers of our students that were arrested by the operatives.
“We want to be sure that our students are not unduly harassed or intimidated nor abused. The management has mandated us to go to Ibadan and find out because the welfare of students is important to us.
“We want to go and see by ourselves so that we can come back and give the management necessary feedback. We are just going there now, it is not only our students that are outside Ife, so we wouldn’t want a situation where people will say all those who were arrested are our students whereas maybe some of them are not our students. We want to know who we want to fight for, who we want to defend and protect.”