Tragedy has struck at Federal University, Oye Ekiti, in Ekiti State, following the discovery of the body of an 18-year-old female student in a freshly dug grave, after a search party, combed the premises for several hours after she was declared missing.
The 200-level Stream A, nursing student, was said to have gone missing after she decided to stay back for extra reading on Tuesday afternoon, but did not return to her hostel, leading to a search for her which yielded no result immediately, until the party eventually discovered her body buried in a shallow grave at the back of one of the faculties in the institution’s premises, late Wednesday.
The danger signals had surfaced after some tell-tale signs were said to have been discovered earlier in the day, when one of her shoes and an ear-ring were discovered somewhere within the premises, which is said to be surrounded by thick forests.
Distraught students, who bewailed the incident, said the young lady had some of her siblings in the university, which was founded by former President Goodluck Jonathan, as part of his educational policy of establishing a federal university in every state of Nigeria, who joined in the search.
To underscore the seriousness of the situation, a security cordon is said to have been thrown around the school with armed security personnel, said to have taken over the premises to get to the root of the matter, while students have been ordered to vacate the institution.
A statement signed by Muftau Ibrahim, Registrar of the institution, ordering the students out of the school, said the students should return home for now to await a new resumption date, while security operatives engage in a thorough job of getting to the root of the matter, adding that some arrests had already been made.
The statement, said: “The university management has received the case of Ms Modupe Deborah Atanda, who was reported missing, Wednesday, 6th September 2023, and management is saddened at the turn of events.
“It is pertinent to promptly inform the university community that immediate steps have been taken in that regard, as all national security personnel have been drafted to handle the situation. As a matter of fact, several arrests have been made of suspects.
“To this end, all students (Stream A and any other full-time student still on any of the university’s campuses, are hereby directed to vacate the premises with immediate effect, to ensure a proper, holistic, and unimpeded thorough investigations, please.
“It is worthy of note that armed security personnel have been deployed for patrol surveillance and security purposes. Rest assured that all steps would be taken by the university to fish out any and all culpable persons and they shall face the full and unmitigated consequences of their action(s).
“A new resumption date for all students would be conveyed accordingly. We regret all inconveniences these may have caused. Thank you.”