A student of Federal Polytechnic Nekede has narrated to CitizensAlert how some armed men, numbering six, invaded the institution last weekend.
Speaking with CitizensAlert, the student explained that the armed men alighted from a mini-bus, stared at the rector’s building and demanded to know why it was locked.
“I finished my exams and decided to visit my friend who works as a security officer at the rector’s building. Along with other security officers, we were standing in front of the building when a mini-bus parked in front of us and we thought they were road service people who wanted to ask questions. But as they stepped down, they stared steadily at the rector’s building and demanded to know why it was locked,” the student said, adding that they were heavily armed so that people around scampered for safety.
“We were very scared and explained to them that the place was locked. They also asked to know if anyone amongst us was a security officer, to which everyone of us declined. They were disappointed and reluctantly left, promising to come back another day,” the student further recounted to CitizensAlert.
Imo State has been of the most vulnerable states in the South-East. In May, CitizensAlert reported several incidents of attack in the state, detailing how security forces were attacking innocent citizens in broad daylight and at night. CitizensAlert further detailed how a woman’s son was kidnapped by security forces in a restaurant and bundled into a police van to an unknown destination.
In an exclusive report on June 25, 2021, CitizensAlert detailed how some unknown people flooded the academic community of Nekede, claiming to be selling “dry meat.” We further reported how, on suspicion, security officers at Federal Polytechnic Nekede asked the “dry meat” sellers to eat their own meat but they vehemently refused. The incident, as reported by CitizensAlert, forced the institution to release a memo dated June 23, 2021 warning students to stay away from these individuals who claim to be selling “dry meat.”
Please see the polytechnic’s memo below which was obtained by CitizensAlert.
Governor of Imo State Hope Uzodinma, who by law is also the Chief Security Officer of the state, had violated his oath of office by declaring that he could not guarantee security in Imo State, provoking questions on what his duties are if he is unable to guarantee the safety and welfare of the people, which, according to section 14b of Nigeria’s Constitution, is the primary purpose of government.