Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Suspected robbers on Monday night invaded an off campus hostel at Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, (IAUE) in Iwofe Community, Rumuolumeni, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State robbed and raped students resident in the area.
Some residents of Iwofe community, who were not students nor staff members of the university were also attacked during the incident
The hostel located directly opposite IAUE campus and close to a Rumuolumeni Police Divisional Headquarters has according to a source experiencing incessant attacks by bandits.
It was gathered that some of the victims have already been hospitalized, while some others who sustained minor wounds during the incident returned to their rooms, Monday, morning from hidings.
A resident of the area alleged that they were been attacked by hoodlums on weekly basis, adding that poor security in the area had aided their recurrent attacks.
Another student, Nneka Oji complained that the regular attacks on the students’ apartment were affecting their academics and stressed that each time the robbers invaded their apartment; they must rape female students and robbed their laptops, phones which contain academic works.
Oji said: “We are being robbed and our girls raped by criminals every time. We are living in fear, because these boys come here every time and attack us. They rob us every time on gun point. The whole incident affects our studies. So we are calling on the police to be proactive in providing security to us.”
Also confirming the incident, one of the landlords, Mr. Kinikanwo Amadi, accused the security operatives of inactiveness.
Amadi narrated that they were facing difficulties in renting their rooms because of the regular robbery attack on residents especially the students who are their tenants.
When contacted, the spokesman of Rivers State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, condemned the incident, but vowed that police would get to the root of the allegations.
Omoni, who is a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said, “If we find out that any police personnel refused to discharge its responsibility, such person will be made to face severe punishment.”