Four female students of the Ebonyi State University, EBSU, Abakaliki, have been abducted by gunmen who invaded and ransacked a female hostel in the CAS Campus annex of the institution.
Eyewitnesses told Nigerian Pilot that the gunmen found their way into “Oduoye Hostel” situated inside the campus at about 1am on Saturday.
Two of the security agents manning the school campus were allegedly shot in their legs by the marauders, which forced others to go into hiding.
One of the witnesses (a student) said:
“We were deeply asleep when we began to hear strange movements and noises, only to discover that robbers had invaded our hostel. They were entering rooms one after the other attacking and dispossessing people off their belongings including phones and laptops.”
The source claimed that four female students were whisked away by the hoodlums who later released them.
The victims, Nigerian Pilot learnt were abused by the hoodlums.
The Dean Students Affairs of EBSU, Prof. Hillary Eze, confirmed the incident and noted that the robbery operation was quelled through the prompt intervention of security agents.
“There was a robbery incident at one of our hostels. The robbers forced themselves into some rooms which means the burglary proofs were forcefully removed and doors were broken. Students were attacked. I think by our calculation, about 16 phones and two or three laptops were made away with by the robbers and security men on duty were also manhandled.
“The robbery operation lasted less than 30 minutes. When I received the information, I contacted Assistant Commissioner, AC Operation, who responded immediately by dispatching three teams of police officers to the area. But before they could access the hostel, the thieves had gone away. I think what happened would have been worse if there were no prompt response from security agents,” he said.
He described as untrue that robbers shot some security men, saying they only attacked the students and the security men with cutlasses. He also denied that four students were abducted.
Prof. Eze said the three female students and two security men were injured, adding that they were immediately rushed to the state police clinic by the police officers deployed in the scene and were treated and discharged immediately.

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