Protest as UNILORIN student is ‘raped’, murdered

University-of-Ilorin UNILORIN

Students of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) and the public have expressed outrage over the killing of a 300-level student of agricultural science Blessing Olajide.

Ms Olajide, according to the police, is believed to have been raped before she was killed at her residence in Tanke area of Ilorin.

She was living with her elder sister.

Spokesperson of the police in Kwara Ajayi Okasanmi said in a statement that the deceased “was lying dead on the floor when neighbours entered her apartment and saw her with her two hands tied to the back, and mouth gagged.”

The police further said Olajide was naked and had bruises on her private part.

A note was also found on her chest containing a message, ‘Unilorin doesn’t forgive’.

The incident has prompted students of the varsity to demand justice with the hashtag #JusticeForBlessing on Twitter.

UNILORIN students’ union president Waliu Taofeek urged the students to keep calm, promising that the union will take necessary action.

“We will not stay aloof as if we’re not concerned. Rather, we’ll contribute our quota, constructively and legally to ensure #justiceforblessing.

“Preach peace and stay safe during this trying period. All hands are on deck,” he tweeted.

Vice president of the union Haneefah Badru wrote, “It’s is heartbreaking to hear the sad news concerning Miss Blessing. Rest assured, all hands are on deck to bring the perpetrators to book.”

Another Twitter user @Dekunle_1 wrote, “So sad that blessing had to part this world in such a cruel manner…I pray those involved in this gruesome act are caught and dealt with seriously.

“Also, her phone should be bugged for conversations before the happening.. texts, chats, calls etc…#justiceforblessing.”

@babaidris090 wrote: “This barbaric act happened in Ilorin, the state capital and it is important we take this serious. If we let it go, our sisters are in danger because those that tried and succeeded will always want to try more of these barbaric act! #justiceforblessing.”

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has also called on security operatives to bring the killers to justice.