By Archibong Jeremiah
Information reaching CrossRiverWatch has it that students of Cross River State origin in Akanu Ibiam federal Polytechnic, Uwana Afikpo North local government area of Ebonyi state are currently stranded as the host community attacked the school since Monday.
An eye witness who simply gave her name as Grace from Ogoja local government area who spoke to CrossRiverWatch on phone revealed that, “Our school had earlier acquired additional land and embarked on a new building project for the school. Yesterday morning when we came to school, while activities were on going, the community people stormed the school instructing us to leave, that for now there is no more school for us.
“They said the school took their land and was building on it without taking permission from them, before we knew what was happening they had started attacking us, injuring many with all kinds of weapons and we all fled for safety of our lives”.
Adding that, “Right now we are at Afikpo town where we fled to for safety, our NACRISS (National Association of Cross River State Students) President asked us to come and board vehicles from our state government back home for free but on reaching the Onitcha Park where we were asked to assembled yesterday we discovered that the vehicle could not carry all of us and some left while a lot of us are still here stranded”.
Furthermore, she said: “We were then asked to come back today which we did and were now told to pay 1000 naira for transport which we don’t have because some of us could not get our valuables before running to safety”.
According to her, “Our rector addressed us that yesterday and told us to try and go back home until further notice”.
As at the time of filling this report all efforts to get information as to how many casualties are the incident recorded and the degree of the violence as well as the official position of the Cross River State government was not successful.
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