On Sunday, 13 November, 2016 at exactly 11:20 PM, the Bayelsa State College of Health Technology Otuogidi, Ogbia Town came under siege.
6 heavily armed and masked men invaded the female hostel A of the college. They operated from room to room dispossessing their victims of all their valuables, AsbGistNigeria learnt on Wednesday.
The operation lasted till the next morning; one is wont to ask, “where were the security men during the operation, whose responsibility it was to provide skeletal security services before the arrival of the Nigeria Police Force”?
The marauders robbed, raped and maimed Female students in the hostel without any resistance from the security men.
By the time they left in the morning a total of 30 females students had been robbed, some raped and 1 student was maimed by a machete cut at the back of the head and left in her pool of blood.
By dawn the students came out in their numbers chanting anti- neglection by the school authorities songs.
The provost of the school wasn’t perturbed when he heard about what happened to the students. It is even laughable and worrisome that it was the chairman of Ogbia local government area that had the compassion and courage to address the students not to take laws into their hands.
For 2 whole days the students shut down all activities on campus in order to send home their messages that “enough is enough” of the insensitivity from the school authorities. It was recanted by some many female students that raping has become a recurring decimal in the school without any recourse from the authorities.
After two days of absence the provost finally decided to address in a non – responsive way. He had to be reminded by the students before he visited just one of the rape victims in the hospital in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
It was gathered from the grave vine that the provost hadly spends 3 productive days in the school he superintends, he would prefer to attend to his personal business and hobnobbing with his paymasters and godfathers in Yenagoa, Port-Harcourt, Abuja and Lagos respectively.
It was gathered that old men who should be at home relishing their retirement in the company of their grandchildren are the ones enlisted as security men, a job that requires virile mental health and acuity.They were not more than 5men for a school without perimeter fencing.
As one writes, it is heart-rending to imagine the state of health of these traumatised rape victims in their closets.