A minimum of 17 college students from Nnamdi Azikiwe College in Awka, Anambra State suffered various levels of accidents whereas an unconfirmed variety of feminine college students have been allegedly raped after armed theft suspects numbered About 20, raided dozens of hostels alongside Ifite highway in Awka, the state capital, on Thursday January 1. 19.
A college pupil, who spoke to The Nation, stated the robbers, closely armed with weapons, axes and matches, went from room to room, hostel to hostel, raping feminine college students and dispossessing of their telephones, iPads, money and different undisputed valuables.
“We have been on the hostel once we heard gunshots and ran away to avoid wasting our pricey lives as they hadn’t reached our personal hostel but. We needed to cover at the back of some retailers within the neighborhood.
We heard a loud noise of feminine college students screaming for assist, however nobody might muster the braveness to cease them as they have been effectively armed. Those that tried to withstand have been crushed blue and black.
The variety of hostels within the space, together with upstairs, is round 300, however from what we bought after the incident, greater than 17 college students have been injured, whereas those that have been struck may very well be 9 or ten.
In accordance with the scholar, one of many victims who claimed to be a virgin threatened to commit suicide after being raped, was unable to maneuver the plan ahead following their intervention.
“One of many college students was raped twice and we’re holding her as a result of she desires to kill herself,” he added.
In an effort to cease the rampant circumstances of armed theft within the varied pupil residence halls, the State Police Command met on Friday, January 20 with the College administration, the Scholar Union Authorities and the Commissioner for Homeland Safety Affairs.
A press release issued by Command Spokesperson DSP Tochukwu Ikenga stated State Police Commissioner Echeng Echeng, who was represented by Deputy Police Commissioner for Operations John Obuagbaka in the course of the assembly, burdened the necessity for cooperation and actionable intelligence.
He stated the command had since launched into intensive patrols, improved operational positioning and the deployment of secret brokers as an answer to the safety scenario within the area.
He listed a number of the fallout from the assembly to incorporate one other elaborate assembly with personal hostel homeowners, hostel president and different stakeholders on the necessity to present ensures to motels.
“Amongst different considerations, the command additionally needs to reiterate the management room quantity 07039194332. Moreover, to request safety providers, you possibly can name Space Commander, Awka 07067950441, DPO B Division 08064521837, DPO Central Police Station, Awka, 07031583583, and Command Public Relations Officer 08039334002 for fast response,” Ikenga stated.