Gunmen raid varsity hostel, rape two

About six gunmen yesterday invaded Paul University, Awka, Anambra State, raping two female students at gun point.

Gunmen raid varsity hostel, rape two

The invasion infuriated other students of the institution who barricaded the three gates leading into the university for several hours to protest what they termed insecurity on the campus.

It took the intervention of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Gaius Igboeli, and the Anglican Bishop of Awka, the Rt. Rev. Alex Ibezimhe, to stop the protest.

The VC had spent about 45 minutes persuading the students to let him into the campus.

He was followed by Bishop Ibezim who addressed the students.

The situation almost got out of hand when the students dared the police and insisted that no one would be allowed entry into the campus.

Sources said the gunmen stormed the university at about 1:45 am, seized a double barrel gun from one of te varsity’s security men, Godwin Orji and then attacked him with a broken bottle.

“The gunmen did not steal anything. They stole one double barrel gun belonging to one of our security men who they injured with broken bottles. They just came and dragged the two girls into a nearby bush and raped them,” one source said.

“The rapists came with one AK 47, three Pump Action guns and other dangerous weapons but they didn’t steal anything, only a double barrel gun.”

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university, Ikechukwu Abana, could not be reached for comment on the development.

Only last Wednesday, robbers broke into Bishop Ibezim’s office and made away with over N6 million.

Last year alone, the university campus was thrice invaded by robbers.

Meanwhile, a motorcycle operator in Nnewi has been hit and killed by a bus driver who was evading arrest by officials of the Anambra State Traffic Agency Team (ASTA).

The victim was rushed to the hospital where he died.

The bus has been impounded by the police.

The Police Public Relations Officer Emeka Chukwuemeka did not pick the calls made to his mobile phone at press time.

The Nation

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