The Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, has debunked the report of rape of some of its female students during the robbery attack at the off-campus residence of its students.
The management also had restricted movement from 11pm to 4am.
A statement signed by the institution’s Deputy Registrar, Public Relations, Sola Abiala, explained that an increase in cases of armed robbery in the town was noticed but not in the magnitude being portrayed.
The statement explained that the Rector of the institution and Deputy Rector had a meeting with some critical stakeholders on the matter.
It said that at the meeting, it was established that students had disrespect for the rules, regulations, and customs of the polytechnic and that of the host community, among others.
The statement read, “The involvement of disgruntled students, especially some rusticated or withdrawn students who neither leave Ilaro nor surrender their identity cards, was prominently noticeable.
“Students are in the habits of night crawling, display of affluence through expensive phones and gadgets, engaging in fee fraud practices, otherwise known as yahoo- yahoo, and use of generators for almost 24 hours daily.
“The restriction of movement between 11 pm and 4 am, especially by students, is put in place with immediate effect. Students should always have their identity cards with them at all times.
“There is an increase in armed robbery cases in the town, but not as escalated as it’s being reported. There are no established cases of rapes being widely reported in the media, especially the social media platforms.
“That all generators should be switched off latest by 11 pm. That institution’s management should not only publish the names of rusticated, dismissed or withdrawn students, but their pictures should be widely publicised.”