A legal practitioner Barr. Edikan Ekanem has petitioned the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Prof. Enefiok Essien, over the increasing rate of insecurity of the Institution in recent times.
Barr. Ekanem who is also an alumnus of the Institution, in a four paged petition addressed to the Vice-Chancellor, stated that students in “the university community have become preys to vicious and callous predators who keep harassing, robbing, bullying, injuring and maiming innocent students.”
“Protection and preservation of lives and properties is always the primary function of a legally constituted government and authorities which I humbly believe that the government and management of the University are not exempted”, he continued.
“Expectedly, the institution’s security consciousness should impress and even attract students to seek accommodation in the hostel but unfortunately, the reverse is the case. One wonders if students staying the University hostels do not have a relevant level of protection, what will then happen to those staying off the campus?”
“It has never been this bad to the extent that students at their instance and peril embark on a protest to ventilate their misgivings and grievances in opposition to insecurity trend in the campus. It troubles my mind on how it got to this extent.”
“Our students who double as citizens of the country cannot continue suffering from this predicament when we have a duly constituted university management established under the extant laws of the Nigeria which at the exercise of her statutory powers can salvage and ameliorate this pitiable and worrisome plight. Their constitutional rights must be safeguarded accordingly especially in the university community.”
In conclusion, Ekanem urged the Prof. Essien to find and hold the present condition as being intolerable and hideous on the students, by issuing directives accompanied with decisive actions that will combat and override the present menace to the dear students.
It can be recalled that gunmen suspected to be armed robbers, had invaded female hostel (W6) of the University Town Campus twice in less than 4 days, carting away undisclosed sums, phones, laptops and other valuables belonging to the students. One student who was badly injured during one of the attacks is reportedly dead.
After the second robbery attack, the female students in their numbers marched in protest to demand from the school authority and the government for the security of their lives and properties.