By Adejumo Kabir
The management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has reopened the New Buka, inside the campus where Adewumi Omoboriowo was murdered on November 30 following what the school authority described as “a fight that went out of hand”.
The place was closed indefinitely following the incident.
However, the Chief Security Officer of the university, Babatunde Oyasode, confirmed to our correspondent that the New Buka had been reopened for normal activities to continue as students returned to the school last week.
A visit to the New Buka also shows that life is gradually coming back in the area with the reopening and resumption of students.
Onosode also confirmed that the murder suspects have been arrested and currently in police custody.
He said “The culprits have been arrested and are currently in police custody at the Criminal Investigative Division, State Comand, Osogbo and I believe the police will charge them to court after concluding all necessary investigations, there identity of the suspect have equally been revealed, one among them is addressed as Yinka, the other person is Tobi Akinyemi and one Sodiq who allegedly hit the victim.”
“The university cannot continue to hold business men and women using the place to ransom. But we have applied some conditions for the opening of the place where the incident occurred.
“Part of the condition is that no beer parlour should sell drinks with more than 13% alcohol and nobody should smoke in the Buka. Starting from this moment, the illumination of the market must start. The university also resolved that there should be provision for security men which involves issuing of tally to those that patronise the spot.
“The shops selling alcohol will be renewing their license yearly and also those with tinted glasses on their doors have been instructed to remove them. After they have fulfilled all these conditions we decided to open the Buka.”
However, checks show that the conditions mentioned by the CSO are yet to be implemented.
“We don’t have any tally for visitors. All we do is to assess their look and allow them in to any bar of their choice. No tally is available,” a security operative said.
An attendant in the one of the bar at the Buka, told our correspondent that: “It may be difficult for those rules to bind sellers. We sell alcohol far beyond 13 per cent and not just here. Most of the bars in New Buka do.”