Four female students of the Ebonyi State University, EBSU, Abakiliki, were allegedly abducted by suspected armed robbers who invaded and ransacked a female hostel at the CAS campus annex of the university.
Eyewitnesses told Nigerian Pilot that the hoodlums armed to the teeth found their way into ‘Oduoye hostel’ situated inside the campus premises around 1am on Saturday.
Two of the security agents manning the campus were shot on their legs, a development that forced others to go into hiding.
“We were already asleep when we began to hear strange movement and noise, only to discover that robbers had invaded our hostel. They were entering rooms attacking and disposing people of their belongings including phones and laptops,” a student who begged for anonymity disclosed.
The source further revealed that four female students were taken away by the hoodlums, but were later released the following day after being abused.
The Dean, Students Affairs, Professor Hillary Eze, confirmed the report, but noted that the robbery operation was quelled through the prompt intervention of security agents.
“There was a robbery incident in one of our hostels. The robbers forced themselves into some rooms which means the burglary proves were forcefully removed and doors broken. By our calculation, about 16 phones and two or three laptops were stolen. Also, the security men on duty were manhandled.
“The robbery operation lasted less than 30 minutes. When I received the information I contacted the AC operation who responded immediately by dispatching three teams of police officers to the area. But before they could access the hospital, the thieves had run away. I think what happened would have been higher if there was no prompt response from security agents.’’
He said the robbers didn’t shoot any security agent, stressing that they only attacked the students with cutlasses, even as he denied that four students were abducted.
Eze, who said three female students and two security men were injured, added that they were immediately rushed to the state police clinic and were treated and discharged immediately.
“Some had wounds and that was all; I do not think there was any case of gunshot or abduction,” he added.
He stated that the university management was taking stringent measures to ensure that such incidents do not re-occur.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Chris Anyanwu, said he cannot confirm the authenticity or otherwise of the report since he was out of the state for official assignment.