Police, SUG refute alleged sexual abuse of Rivers varsity students
Rivers State Police Command has refuted claims of sexual abuse of five female students of Ahoada campus of the Rivers State University (RSU) by hoodlums in Ahoada East Local Council of the state.
The reaction followed trending news on some social media platforms that victims were molested in the institution’s humanities faculty, located in Ahoada campus, on Monday, May 15, 2023.
Responding to enquiries on the incident, spokesperson for the Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, said the Command was yet to receive any report of such incident from any individual or group.
She explained that when her attention was drawn to the trending news, she contacted the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of RSU Ahoada campus, Dr. E. Dominic Evanson; the CSO said such an incident did not take place.
Also, President of the institution’s Students Union Government (SUG), Anele Miracle, in a telephone interview, said he did not get such reports from students of the campus.
The SUG president stressed that if such an incident actually happened, his office would be the first to be notified.
Recall that one Onyema Egbe and some other persons had on Tuesday, posted the alleged sexual assault of the students on their Facebook wall and other WhatsApp platforms, which compromised people mostly from Ahoada extraction.
When contacted, a native of Ahoada town, who is believed to be the first person that posted the incident on Facebook wall, claimed that the incident happened outside the campus in a place dominated by students of Rivers State University in Ahoada town.
He also alleged that the students were afraid to speak up or report to the Police for fear of reprisal attack by the hoodlums suspected to be cultists.
However, a human rights activist, Prince Wiro, said when he reached out to the police on the issue, he was told that such an incident did not happen based on the strength of information from internal security of RSU, Ahoada campus.
Wiro urged persons aware of the incident to encourage the alleged victims to report to the police or human rights group that will guide them properly.
He urged the police to ensure adequate security for students in and out of the campus, considering the level of insecurity in Ahoada town and its environs in recent times.
The rights activist also tasked traditional institutions to work in collaboration with the institution management and the police to ensure adequate protection of the students and the campus in Ahoada, to avoid a situation where people may start calling for the relocation of the campus from the area.