From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
There was a pandemonium at Al-Hikma, a private University in Ilorin Kwara State , on Wednesday when five unknown Policemen allegedly from Lagos stormed the institution premises and attempted kidnapping a 200 level female student.
It was gathered that the policemen in mufti arrived at the institution about 12pm to arrest the female student without the permission of the school Authority and the State Police Command.
Sensing that the disguised Policemen could be cultists or kidnappers, hundreds of male students of the institution barricaded all the entrances and exists of the campus and surrounded the alleged kidnappers to stop them from taking the female student out of the institution.
An eye witness who alerted our correspondent disclosed that the policemen who identified the female student, where about to whisk her away when some male students stopped them before the school management came to her rescue.
Confirming the incident to journalists at a press conference, the Vice-Chancellor of the school Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, said it was the students that stopped the invaders from whisking the female student away from the campus.
He said the policemen have been handed over to the Adewole Police station officers who took them to the State Police Command.
The VC who expressed disappointed over the manner the invaders behaved, said in any civilised community, the school authority must be informed about any arrest of its student before he or she would be taken away.
He said the student did not commit any act that could warrant such arrest from the Lagos State Police command stressing that as far as the institution authority is concerned, the female student is still innocent.
The state Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) ASP Ajayi Okasanmi who confirmed the incident said “we were aware that they came to the state for an investigation and they followed the normal procedures.
“The Commissioner of Police directed them to the state CID where they would do normal documentations”.
He said the State CID further directed them to take the letter to the Area Commander Metro, who could, if there is any need, give them any police assistance which we believe they must have done, only for us to receive an alert this morning that there disquiet in Al-Hikmah University.
“We did not even know that they were policemen.
He said “the Commissioner of Police directed some patrol vans to go to the school and know what was happening and the DPO at Adewole led two patrol vehicles there, only for them to discover that those people were the policemen that came yesterday.
“In any case, the Commissioner of Police has ordered the policemen be brought to the headquarters and he has also directed investigation into the matter to know if what they said they came to do was actually what they did there.
“As at now, everything is back to normal, and the police are at the State CID undergoing investigation and the students have resumed normal academic activities on the campus”, he added.