Students of Cross River University of Technology, Tuesday, barricaded the institution’s main gate following a robbery incident at the institution’s female hostel, where several students’ properties were carted away.
It was gathered that the robbery incident is the third in five weeks and the students’ action is to highlight the failure of the management to secure them.
The students congregated at the main gate and prevented teaching, non-teaching staff and visitors from gaining access to the institution early Tuesday morning.
One of the students, Joe Ushie, said they decided to protest because nothing has happened after the first and second robbery incidents.
“This is not the first or second robbery incident, but the third this month. Since we resumed, the 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.
another student, who pleaded anonymity said the robbery incident, which is becoming too frequent, is psychologically affecting the female students.
“Since ASUU suspended their strike and we came back, this is the third time they have robbed us. The robbery incidents are becoming too frequent and some of us feel so insecure and the effect 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 institution’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Austin Amgba and the PRO, Onen Onen declined to answer their calls as of press time.
Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo, has not reacted to the protest, as calls to her line were not picked.