Abia poly students protests rape of 3 female colleagues, non-accreditation of programme
By Steve Oko
ABA – Students of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, Thursday, took to the streets to protest allegedly rape of three female students, and non-accreditation of programmes.
They alleged that the victims were “violently raped” by men of the Rapid Response Agency, demanding justice for the victims.
The students identified non-accreditation of the entire Engineering Department of the institution as well as non-payment of salaries of their lecturers as part of the reasons for the protest.
Academic activities in the institution were disrupted while commercial activities around the area, were completely brought to a halt during the peaceful protest.
The ever-busy Aba/Owerri Road was totally blocked by the irate students who thronged out in their numbers.
The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions such as “Say no to Rape”, Sell this School and give us our money back” among others.
One of the students who spoke to newsmen, said that the protest was to ventilate their anger over the failure of the school management to accredit the entire Engineering Department; plus other anomalies in the institution.
He said that it was regrettable that upon graduation, Engineering students were issued with certificates bearing Department of Building, instead of the course they studied.
He appealed to the Abia State Government and School Management to expedite action towards accreditation of the Engineering programme to enable them graduate with results bearing Civil Engineering.
On the alleged rape by Personnel of Rapid Response Agency , he said that a female student of Accounting informed them that three students living in an undisclosed lodge around Aba North, were “badly raped and taken to hospital”.
He said that there were other cases of alleged rape in the institution.
Addressing the students, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Professor Kalu Osonwa, expressed sadness over the alleged rape.
He said that he received messages that men of the Rapid Response Agency were assaulting the students, and promised to investigate the matter.
The Rector who vowed to ensure that the rapists were brought to book also promised to address other issues raised by the students.
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