The closure of schools which is part of federal government’s directive to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus, has seemingly been utilized by vandals who use the period to carry out their negative intentions as they loot properties belonging to students who have vacated their lodges and other places of residence around their campuses.
From the opinion of a concerned student of Abia State University, Uturu, the need for strengthened security network becomes necessary this time to put a check as well forestall robbery-related incidents as recorded around various communities of higher learning.
According to him, most institutions of higher learning, do not have sufficient accommodation facilities for thousands of admitted students on campus. This challenge has over the years presented a switch to alternative accommodation options for students outside campus.
Amid the Covid-19 crisis, cases of theft-related crimes involving incessant raid of students’ properties, have been reported around various institutions of higher learning including Gwallameji Village near Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, Oke Odo near University of Illorin, and a neighboring community of Ekiti State University. The hoodlums invaded students’ rented apartments, making away with valuables like hot plates, electronic gadgets, gas cylinders etc, as gathered.
The situation presents a big question mark on who the perpetrators of these callous acts could be. From all indications, one in his right sense could possibly link the crime to indigenous and non-indigenous dwellers, who maybe capable of committing such crimes and who also, are much familiar with the environment of the communities. As these ugly incidents, become fast rising, there is need for increased security awareness and also response from security authorities around institutions of higher learning and their surrounding communities. This would help to secure properties of students who have been away in line with lock down measures against Covid-19