On Friday, a threatening message from a group called Al-Wilayat Al-Islamiyya Gharb Afriqiyyah was circulated among staff in the University of Ibadan.
The message from the group said that they had plans to carry out an attack on the school before Independence day on October 1st, calling the school’s students and staff their target.
The Director of Communication for the University, Mr Olatunji Oladejo, however dismissed the threat saying it was the work of mischievous individuals who wanted to cause commotion in the school.
The lecturers got the message through their university e-mail addresses, while others were copied through social media platforms such as Whatsapp. In the mail, the group described the university as an embarrassment to Nigeria for bringing western education.
Security has been beefed up at the University with scanning devices deployed at the school gates and stop and search procedures conducted with every vehicle leading to a gridlock. The letter read “You people are an embarrassment to Nigeria and are the people that brought in western education to Nigeria. You doomed this nation and in turn you all are going to be doomed. Most of you are going to die before Independence Day. You will not spend the Independence Day in peace, you and your students. Detonation will start going from tomorrow till Independence Day and there is nothing you can do as we are among you. Even your little searches at the gate won’t do anything. By the time we are through with you, your government will be sorry.”
Speaking on the alleged threat, Oladejo said he also received the message but that it had not affected the peace of the school.
“I also got it. Anyone could instigate such thing. Some people could be mischievous. Our international students are having their carnival on the campus and everywhere is peaceful. I attribute it to the handiwork of mischievous individuals and vehemently deny any commotion.” Oladejo said.
Police Public Relations Officer of the Oyo State Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu,said that the command had received information on the threat on the campus and had responded appropriately.