CRUTECH students protest over incessant robbery, barricade school gate
Thousands of students of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), yesterday, barricaded the main gate of the institution over incessant armed robbery attacks on students.
The protest prevented staff and visitors from entering the university as the angry students blocked the entrance.
A female student was attacked in one of the recent three robberies within a month.
One of the students who spoke said the purpose of the protest was to draw the attention of the management of the institution to the ugly incidents.
He lamented: “This is not the first or second robbery incident but the third this month since we resumed, armed robbers have visited the female hostel thrice and nothing has been done to improve the security situation in the school.
“Rather than protect us, the policemen on campus prefer to ‘chase’ us around campus,” he said.
A female student also said: “Since we resumed after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) called off its strike, we have been attacked three times without arrest being made.
“The robbery incidents are becoming too frequent and some of us feel so insecure and it is having a psychological effect on us.
“If the situation does not improve, it will have a telling impact on our studies, particularly we the girls”, she said.
The Public Relationships Officer (PRO) Onen Onen did not pick up his calls.
Similarly, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Irene Ugbo also declined several calls at the time of filling this report.