The Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka’s female students were allegedly raped by gunmen, according to the Anambra State Government and the state Police Command.
According to reports, several armed men broke into off-campus hostels in Ifite village, Awka, where they looted and sexually assaulted nine female students while inflicting injuries on nearly 20 others.
However, Mr. Ejimofor Opara, a special assistant to the governor of Anambra State, claimed the reports were untrue.
He said: “I was present when the state police commissioner met with the leadership of Unizik and management yesterday (Friday).
“We even visited the hostels where some students were attacked, and interviewed most of the victims. None of them said anything of rape. How did some journalists come up with that story?”
Also, the Anambra State Police Command has dismissed the report, calling for victims of rape to come up to the command for complaint.
The command said in a statement: “We wish to state that there is no report/record as being peddled by some online media and national dailies tagged “17 persons injured and nine female students raped in a hostel”.
“However, the command not wanting to join issues urge the victims of the incident (if there is any) to come forward with information that will help the Police to embark on investigations.
“Also, members of the public should be guided as serious cases of this nature should be reported to the closest police station than resorting to social media. This will enable the police to do preliminary findings before embarking on a proper investigations.
“Given the above, the publication is unconfirmed, and poised to cause tension and bring the state to disrepute, kindly disregard it.
“The Command also warns the peddlers of this information to desist from it, or will not be spared if apprehended”.