Mysterious centipedes sack FUOYE students from hostels
By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
There was panic and apprehension at the main campus of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), following an alleged mysterious invasion of the students hostels in the institution.
The development which was said to have resulted to panic among the students of the institution, sacked them from the hostel and made them to relocate to some of their colleagues residences who live outside the campus.
Some students of the institution who did not want their name mentioned, spoke on the matter, said the millipedes in their thousand were in everywhere both the male and the female hostels in the university.
The student said the insect invasion came in the night and lasted till dawn which caused panic among the students.
He explained that the mysterious centipedes were also found in offices, classrooms and lecture theatres of the school.
But in a reaction by the Management of the University, refuted the rumour and described it as fake news.
According to a statement by the Chief Security Officer (CSO), of the institution, Mr. Paul Ogidi, described the report as untrue.
“The statement said the management wish to clarify that the harmless insects were centipedes not millipedes as speculated in some quarters.
The CSO who described the report as mere speculation and imagination of some elements, far from the truth.
“The report that millipedes sacked our students is a fake news and the story that the situation became a major security issue amongst the students of the University is also fake”
“The incident of some insects spreading in some parts of the premises of the campus is as a result of the rainy season and when the Management noticed it just a week ago, it immediately fumigated the University campus.
Also reacting, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University Health Services, Dr. Olawale Musibau , said: ”The multiple of centipedes on our campus is not limited to this environment rather every other place beyond Ekiti communities.
” The multiple millipedes can only be attributed to effects of climate change which is a global phenomenon. However, the Management had already swung into action by fumigating the environment and carried out necessary sanitation.”
Similarly, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) Administration, Prof. Tajudeen Opoola, said: “There is currently no cause for alarm over the alleged invasion by the millipedes. Prior to the rainy season, we had fumigated the premises of the campus. Once we noticed the centipedes, we had quickly arranged for the fumigation of the campus premises.
We have swiftly moved into action and killed all the centipedes, although it gave a strange odour and that has been taken care of by removing all the dead insects.
” We are also making plans to kill the green grasses gradually which is creating a friendly environment for the centipedes . We are also been careful with frequent fumigating the environment because of the health hazards the chemicals can cause” he stated.