Robbers invade Babcock University

Channels Television  
Updated February 29, 2012

A gang of armed robbers was reported to have invaded Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State and attacked two commercial banks located within the premises of the private university on Wednesday.

The affected banks were Wema and Zenith Banks Plc.

The incident was said to have sent panic among students as well as academic and non-teaching staff of the institution who scampered for safety while the operation lasted.

It was gathered that the bandits, numbering seven, arrived the university in a green Nissan Quest car and shot sporadically into the air to scare away people.

The robbers were said to have succeeded in gaining entrance into the Wema Bank and eventually carted away undisclosed amount of money from the vaults.

Eyewitnesses said the robbers vandalised the nearby Zenith Bank after a failed attempt to break into it.

The three other bank situated in the vicinity, were spared by the bandits who allegedly operated for 20 minutes unchallenged.

The Ogun state Commissioner of Police, Nicholas Nkemdeme, who was at the scene of the robbery incident for an on-the-spot assessment, told reporters that three suspects had been arrested in connection with the robbery.

He said police investigation will unravel whether or not the arrested suspects were students of the institution.

Mr Nkemdeme described the robbery as an embarrassment, promising that his command will unmask the perpetrators of the crime.

The Vice Chancellor of Babcock University, Professor Kayode Makinde who confirmed the robbery, expressed gratitude that no casualty was recorded in the incident.

Prof Makinde disclosed that only three people, who were apparently frightened by the scale of the robbery, had been admitted into the University’s hospital for medical attention.

The Vice Chancellor assured parents and guardians of the safety of their wards, adding that the management will review the security arrangement and other operational logistics in the school.

He commended the police commissioner for his prompt response to the distress calls.