No less than nine female students were raped during an attack by some gunmen at the
thirty off-campus hostels of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State.
The incident which happened
in the early hours of Friday also left seventeen students with various degrees of injury.
It was gathered that the twenty-member-gang-robbers had stormed the Ifite road Awka where the hostels were located shooting sporadically and robbing from room to room and hostel to hostel at about 12 .30 pm Thursday night which lasted for about three hours unchallenged.
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A female student of the university (name withheld) told Journalists that the robbers were heavily armed with guns axes and matchets going from room to room rapping female students and robbing them of their phones, ipads, and money.
“We were at the hostel when we had gunshots that lasted for about ten minutes and we ran for our lives because they have not gotten to our own hostel and we had hide at the back of some shops in the area.
“Then we had loud noise of female students shouting for help but nobody could summon the courage to stop them because they are well armed.
“Those that attempted to resist were beaten blue black and many people got injured but I cannot say the number of people affected.
“One of the female students that was rapped is a virgin and they rapped her twice and we are holding her because she wants to commit suicide.
“The number of hostels in Ifite -Awka is about 300 and including upstairs and bungalows but from what we got after the incident more than seventeen students were injured and that number of those rapped may be nine or ten or even twelve.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer DSP Tochukwu Ikenga also confirmed the incident.
“Our men on getting wind of the information got to Ifite Awka and was able to battle the criminals.”
He however did not disclose how many people were arrested as it would interrupt investigations.
Also, It was gathered that a call was placed to Governor Chukwuma Soludo who ordered security operatives to battle the robbers but before they could arrive the operation was almost over.
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