Sequel to the distress calls made by students in Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua, on the high level of criminality ravaging the institution and its environment, the President National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students (NAAKISS) Worldwide, Comr. Aniedi Michael together with his team has visited the Deputy Superintendent of Police in charge of Ikot Ekpene Police Command, SP J. A Benjamin in his office on Friday.
The visit was to formerly intimate the Nigerian Police Force on the rising cases of robbery, brutalization and rape on Akwa Ibom Students by gangsters terrorizing Akwa Ibom state Polytechnic and its environment.
Comr. Michael in the meeting decried a situation where many students have lost their belongings to hoodlums who are using the area as a hideout, while some students were molested as a result of high level of insecurity in the area.
He also lamented that the current situation in the institution has raised palpable fear among students which may hinder resumption of school on Monday, calling on the Nigerian Police Force to deploy adequate measures that will ensure immediate arrest of the culprits to restore normalcy for secured environment that will guarantee the safety of students.
Reacting to the appeal made by the Students Leader, SP Benjamin said he had already relocated series of patrol teams to the students populated area with continuous security meetings with the Polytechnic Security Division and the Host community.
He assured secured environment for students who resuming lectures on Monday, hinting that the Command is in talk with the Council Chairman of Ikot Ekpene Local Government, Mr Unyime Etim, the Polytechnic Management and other relevant authorities to secure government approval to establish a Police Post at the school environment.
SP Benjamin explained that having a police post at the area will enhance speedy intervention on emergencies and will guarantee maximum security in the area.
The President together with his team also visited the institution’s Security Division where series of discussion was made on the new measures adopted to protect students as school is set to resume on Monday.
However, the team also visited the host Community which are Ikot Osurua, Ikot Uboh, Abiakpo Ntak Inyang and Ikot Akpan Abia. The President was briefed by the Chief and Village Chairman of each of these villages on the new measures adopted to tackle the menace of insecurity.
Specifically the Village Head of Ikot Osurua, Chief Clement Abaekpe said he is working with the community vigilante to curtail the movement of people from 10 p.m, assuring that with the village effort together with the effort of the Nigeria Police Force the area will be under control.
Comr. Aniedi Michael was accompanied by the SUG President Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Comr. Akaninyene Akpan, members of his cabinet and other Student Leaders.