The management of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, on Friday said that Thursday’s demonstration by the students was prompted by alleged rape of a female student by some security operatives.
This was disclosed by Mr. John Nwanborogwu, Chairman of the Governing Council of the institution.
Nwanborogwu made this known to newsmen in Umuahia.
Students of the Abia State Polytechnic had taken to the streets on Thursday, September 23; which incidentally occasioned blockage of traffic in Aba. Nwanborogwu explained that the demonstration had nothing to do with the question of accreditation or salary arrears as reported in the social media.
He said, “The leadership of the students’ union alerted us that some students had issues with some security agents; especially the police.
“Some of them were whisked away from their hostels to certain police stations and a whole lot of things happening consequently. The principal among them was the alleged rape of one of them…They mobilized themselves and demonstrated in solidarity.”
He said the institution and the police had commenced a preliminary investigation into the matter; adding that it would soon address the public about their findings.
‘‘If there is a case of rape established; we trust the government will not close her eyes to that,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nwanborogwu, who refused to disclose the alleged victim’s whereabouts; however, said the wife of the Governor, Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu, had promised to see the lady wherever she was.
In his contribution, the Rector, Dr. Okorie Osonwa, commended the students for not taking the protest further to the police; after he had addressed them. He said that the management was working assiduously to address some of the school’s challenges; including the accreditation of the School of Engineering, which he said would be done soon.