Operatives of the Imo State Police Command at the weekend invaded and arrested 21 students of Imo State University, Owerri at their hostel.
Our correspondent gathered that the police operatives also brutalized some of the students before whisking them away.
Some students told our correspondent that the cops stormed the hostel at about 9:00pm on Thursday and vandalized doors of about 15 rooms.
It was gathered that some of the arrested students were forced to pay N60,000, N30,000 and N20,000 before they were allowed to go from the police station on Thursday night and Friday morning.
Feelers revealed that about four students who have not been able to raise bailout money are still being held in police custody.
A student who gave his name simply as Murphy said, “Two occupants of one of the rooms in the hostel were having issues and one of them left and invited his police boyfriend.
“After one hour, policemen in three jeeps stormed the hostel and started beating everybody. They used planks on us, including the female students.
“They broke into rooms and destroyed property, including doors of no less than 15 rooms. They also took money and phones and arrested no less than 21 students.
“Some came home after paying N60,000, N30,000 and N20,000. Some of the brutalized students are receiving treatment in undisclosed hospitals. As we speak, some are still in police custody because they don’t have money to bail themselves.
“The irony of the matter is that the girl who called her police boyfriend is squatting with the girl she fought. She came on an industrial training from a university outside the state.”
The spokesperson of the University, Ralph Obi-Njoku, said that the Chief Security Officer of the university and Dean Students Affairs had swung into action.
The Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Michael Abattam, disclosed that the Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Hussaini, has ordered investigation into the incident.