Govt, security failed, could not rescue our colleague before she was killed – LAUTECH students
Students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso in Oyo State have lamented that both the government and security agencies failed them.
The students noted that the government and the security agencies have a critical role to play in protecting the citizens.
The students have however said that the government and security agencies failed them because they could not secure the release of one of their colleagues before she was killed by her abductors.
DAILY POST recalls that the duo of Olugbenga Owolabi and Rachael Opadele, who were abducted recently, have been killed by their abductors.
Owolabi is a hotelier who recently returned to Ogbomoso while Opadele is a final year student of LAUTECH but was working at the hotel due to the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike which started in February this year.
The duo was abducted on 29 July 2022 at the hotel located at the Abaa area of Ogbomoso.
LAUTECH students, while confirming the death of their colleague, insisted that both the government and security agencies have disappointed them despite a series of letters written to the government and security agencies.
LAUTECH Student Union Government President, Anuoluwa Adeboye, General Secretary, Okiki Ibrahim Opaleke, and Public Relations Officer, Love Gabriel Michael, in a statement issued on Wednesday, said that it was sad that their cry ended just on the walls of social media platforms.
The students in the statement made available to DAILY POST in Ibadan, said, “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the gruesome killing of our dear student, Rachael, a final year student of LAUTECH, that was kidnapped where she was working in Ogbomoso due to ASUU strike on behalf of the entire students of LAUTECH.
“This is a dark moment in our school as we were lashed with the death of one of us. We were consumed when we first heard about her kidnap and we led the team to write to Governments, security operatives, and all concerned stakeholders to see to her release without her dying. It’s so disheartening and terrible to have heard her dead in the early hours of today.
“Our heart is bleeding. Despite the notice to the Government, Security Operatives, and all other stakeholders, there was no known form of genuine commitment demonstrated by all of them in addressing this ugly trend in our community and the state.
“We cried out but unfortunately, it ended just on the walls of social media platforms because we are mere students whose lives mean nothing to the Government”.