The students said he was trying to blow up a block in the hall.
The Osun State Police have denied reports that a man, identified as Rasaki Adebayo, was found with an explosive at the Awo Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Mr. Adebayo was reportedly apprehended by some students of the university and arrested by the police on Wednesday, July 9.
“It is true a man was arrested but he was found with a gallon of kerosene- not petrol mixed with chemical as reported – and stove which he says he wants to use and cook. No IED was found on him,” the Osun state Police Public relations officer, Folashade Odoro, told PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone chat.
Mrs. Odoro, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said Mr. Adebayo was still in police custody but could not say when he would be released.
According to reports on social media, the man was found with explosive and attempted to bomb the University hostel.
The Osun police recently said a blast in Ile-Ife was not caused by a bomb but by fireworks.