Hundreds of students at Cross River State University barricaded the school gate to protest robberies at women’s hostels on campus.
Protesting students gathered outside the main gate in the early hours of Tuesday, November 22, preventing teaching, non-teaching staff and visitors from entering the facility.
The students, carrying placards with different inscriptions, denounced the incessant thefts against female students and the theft of several valuables including mobile phones and household items worth hundreds of thousands of naira.
According to them, they have witnessed three cases of robbery in the last five weeks, adding that their action is to highlight the failure of management to secure them.
Speaking to reporters, one of the protesting students, Augustine Agba, said they were protesting against insecurity on campus and the incompetence of school management to come to their aid despite a series of complaints .
“This is not the first or second robbery but the third this month. Since we resumed, the armed men have visited the women’s shelter three times and nothing has been done to improve the security situation. in the school. Rather than protect us, the campus police would rather chase us around the campus,” he said.
Also speaking, another student, Emem Bassey, said the theft incident which is becoming too frequent is having a psychological effect on female students.
“Since ASUU suspended their strike and we came back, this is the third time they have robbed us. If the situation does not improve, it will have a significant impact on our studies, especially on us. girls”,