UNICAL security arrests suspects disrupting campus peace

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Security officers at the University of Calabar has arrested two suspects terrorising the peace of the campus community.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Florence Obi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Wednesday, that the suspects were among the hoodlums harassing students on campus, especially at their various hostels.

Obi said that the suspects, who were not students of the university, were arrested over alleged snatching a phone belonging to a 100 level student of Computer Science, Godwin Okoro.

She decried a situation, where hoodlums mixed with students to harass and terrorise people and snatch their phones and other belongings.

The vice-chancellor lamented that such criminal activities on campus were condemnable.

She said that the university was yet to recover from the destruction of its properties by hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSars protest of Oct. 24.

“I want to commend the security men, who apprehended them; this shows that the essence of the training sessions we have been organising for them has yielded results.

“I want to advise parents to always know the whereabouts of their children and the kind of association they keep.

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“We know that things are hard, I want to encourage parents who cannot afford university education for their children to send them to learn a skill and be self-reliant.

“Learning a skill and feeding yourself is more dignifying because we all pride ourselves when feeding from the dignity of our labour,” she said.

The VC called on well-meaning Nigerians to lend their helping hands on the younger generation with a view to make them productive citizens of the country and not hoodlums.

She said that the suspects would be handed over to the security agencies for onward investigation and prosecution with a view to serve as deterrent to others.

The victim, Okoro, told NAN that he was on his way to withdraw money from the bank when he was confronted by the suspects who collected his phone worth N88, 000.

One of the suspects (name withheld) told NAN that they sold the phone at N10, 000 after snatching it from the victim.

While pleading for forgiveness, he gave assurance that he was going to help the victim to recover his phone. (NAN)

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