The Student Union President (SUG) of Abia State Polytechnic Aba, Comrade Prince Ibe, has stated that Thursday’s clash with men of the Nigerian police is just the beginning of a long-drawn battle between the students of the polytechnic and operatives of the Nigerian Police Special Response Squad (SRS).
Unless urgent steps are taken by the Abia State government and the Nigerian police top hierarchy to bring to an end what he described as incessant harassment, rape and extortion of the students of the polytechnic by operatives SRS of the Nigerian police.
Recall that the students on Thursday had poured out on the streets to protest against the SRS operatives over alleged raping of a female student of the polytechnic by three operatives of SRS.
It was alleged that Operatives of the Special Response Squad, whisked the female student away from her lodge located on Immaculate Street of the commercial town, alongside others to an undisclosed location where they allegedly jointly raped one of the female students.
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Meanwhile, the Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy and Development, FENRAD, a renowned rights’ group, Abia State Chapter, in a Press Release, said that it is not relenting in her struggle in investigating circumstances surrounding the sexual assault against a student of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba.
This is contained in a Release signed by the Executive Director, Comrade Nelson Nnanna Nwafor and made available to Newsmen,
Following the rape of an Abia State Polytechnic student by a police officer which resulted in exam and academic boycott as well as the massive protests by the students against police impunity, FENRAD, as a rights’ group made a release entitled ‘Abia State Polytechnic Student Rape: Insisting on Investigation and Justice’.
FENRAD thanked the Commissioner of Police, Janet Agbede for her timely intervention into the matter as a mother who was once a young lady. However, the Foundation still insists that justice, like the commissioner had vowed to ensure, is done and that if found guilty, the accused be not spared.
“While understanding that the accused is not attached to SRS as earlier reported, FENRAD urges the SRS to, in its operations and conduct of same, ensure the rules of engagement are followed.
The Foundation further condemns the shooting by the unit to scare or disperse protesting students.
FENRAD, however, called on the students to be law abiding and to observe the tentative holiday the authority has ordered.
“While the status quo remains thus, FENRAD calls on the commissioner of police, the state government and school authorities to ensure that investigation is thorough and true.
“The Foundation commends the police for swinging into operation and fishing out the suspect, urging that everything be done so that the rape victim gets justice that is commensurate and appropriate.”