The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, is in the news again after officials of the Osun State Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday stormed the institution and sealed the main gate and the administrative block over a tax debt of N1.8 billion.
The officials of the revenue agency, in the company of heavily armed security operatives, stormed the university and closed the gate having obtained a court order to that effect.
The heavily armed officials – comprising of policemen and Civil Defence operatives – reportedly shut the main gate before going ahead to seal other places.
Eyewitnesses said their action sparked unrest from the staff and other members of the university community who had business on the campus.
“Officials of Osun State revenue agency sealed our main gate, the secretariat and other places this morning. They came together with armed policemen and NSCDC officials,” a source told Punch.
“They closed the main gate but some of the staff, commercial bus drivers and business operators especially food vendors and others became agitated and this led to a serious crisis. The gate was eventually opened but other places remained closed.”
The action of the revenue officials comes as the prestigious institution is reeling from the effects of a sex-for-marks scandal involving a senior lecturer and a student.
The university has yet to issue a statement regarding this latest incident.