The University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Tuesday announced the postponement of its semester examination following gunmen’s invasion and rape of some students of the university.
Persons suspected to be members of a cult group on Sunday invaded the Township Campus of the university located along Ikpa Road, Uyo and raped some female students.
The hoodlums were said to have stormed the Onyema Ugochukwu Hall, where the affected students were preparing for the examination in the night.
One of the victims, who pleaded not to be named, told NEXT EDITION they were having what she described as “Conference Reading” when the incident happened.
“It is always our tradition to do conference reading within the campus starting from late night till the early hours, especially during the examination period,” she said.
“We were still reading when we heard a loud voice commanding us to lie face-down or get killed. So we obeyed to save our lives.
“They immediately went for our laptops, phones and other personal belongings including petty cash and pieces of jewellery.”
The student said after raping and dispossessing them of valuables, the gunmen moved to the nearby hostel, where they stole from other students.
Meanwhile, students of the university on Tuesday staged a peaceful protest to register their anger over what they described as “a common phenomenon in the school.”
Numbering over 500, the students said the security on the campus was porous and called on the management to bring the ugly situation to a halt.
Reacting to the incident, the management of the university announced the postponement of examination to enable students to recover from the shock of the attack and prepare for the examination.
The Director of Information, Godfrey Essien, said the postponement would also allow management time to analyse the incident with a view to devising a strategy to stop further occurrence.
Mr. Essien said management has been doing its best to address security challenges in the school and assured that adequate security arrangement would be put in place to safeguard the lives and properties of students.
By Patrick Odey