We’ve learned that armed robbers allegedly raped nine female students at Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, Anambra State, in the early hours of Friday.
The thieves, numbering around 20, attacked Ifite road in Awka, where the hostels were located, shooting indiscriminately and plundering from room to room.
A university student, who did not want her name used, told reporters that the bandits were fully armed with pistols, axes, and matchets.
“We were at the hostel when we had gunshots that lasted for about ten minutes and we ran for our lives because they had not gotten to our own hostel; we hid at the back of some shops in the area.
“Then we had loud noise of female students shouting for help but nobody could summon the courage to stop them because they are well armed. Those that attempted to resist were beaten blue black and many people got injured but I cannot say the number of people affected.
“One of the female students that was raped is a virgin and they raped her twice and we are holding her because she wants to commit suicide.
However, it was said that a call was placed to Gov. Charles Soludo, who ordered security forces to combat the robbers, but the operation was virtually done before they arrived.
Four days prior to the incident, students were attacked in nearby bars and restaurants.
“Our men caught wind of the information and got to Ifite Awka and were able to confront the offenders,” said Police Public Relations Officer DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed the event.
He did not reveal how many persons were arrested because, according to him, making it public would jeopardize investigations.
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