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Alleged sexual harassment: JABU shut down indefinitely over students’ unrest

By Ibrahim Sarafa, Osogbo

Joseph Ayo Babalola University located at Ikeji Arakeji, Osun State has been closed down indefinitely by the school management following students’ demonstrations over sexual harassment.

The management hurriedly issued closure notice after students clashed with security operatives trying to contain alleged unruly behaviour following sustained students demonstration.

The Management practically sent all students out of the campus on Thursday, leaving many students stranded. Those students from outside the South-West suffered the most as they struggled to get a place to stay for the night.

Worst still, the school authority also did not notify parents before the closure, forcing many parents to scamper to secure their wards after their forceful eviction from the school.

Investigations by SAHEL STANDARD revealed that the crisis started last week when male students reportedly launched complaints over harassment of female students allegedly by campus security personnel in connivance with some villagers.

University security officials were reported to have sexually assaulted female students during the night.

It was learnt that affected female students were also unable to report and raise alarm because of threats and blackmail.

When the matter was reported, the school authority also failed to act until the students in a vigilante model nearly caught one of the perpetrators in the act.

This cover up allegedly led to the intervention of many male students on campus. The demonstration against alleged sexual assaults, however, turned violent, leading to destruction of properties and tear gassing of students on campus.

Efforts to reach the school authority failed as several calls made by our correspondent were not picked.

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