The Vice-Chancellor of the Cross River State University, Professor Augustine Angba, has refuted media reports that alleged mobsters raped a female student on the campus on November 21.
He said this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar on Monday.
Angba said the case reported as rape was a case of phone theft.
“No student was raped, beaten or harmed on campus. it was a case of phone theft and food items. We have similar cases of phone theft in the campus and we have done everything we can to recover them”, he said.
He accused some “bloggers” who rushed to publish their reports without proper research and balance by the university authorities for misinformation.
He said the police had started an investigation into the case with the aim of apprehending the suspects and recovering the stolen phone and food.
According to him, the route used by suspected burglars to enter hostels has been noticed and efforts were made to install a barbed wire to prevent further incidents.
“We have asked the student involved to provide the phone registration number.
“We will pay for the tracking of the phone and also recover it and hand it over to the rightful owner.
“I continue to give advice to my students. If the hoodlums come for your phone, give it to them quickly because we can track the phones. The lives of our students are crucial to us,” he said.
He advised the students on the campus to be vigilant about their security and report any suspicious movement around them to the university authorities.
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