A female student of Rivers State College of Health Science and Management Technology was allegedly gang raped by three male students of the same institution.
The three suspects are identified as Ferdinand Bruse Gospel, Chim Gozirim Sunday Steve and Nadum Sampson.
It is alleged that the rapists who are in their final year were arrested by the institution’s security without handing them over to the Police prior to their expulsion.
An advocacy group, Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign who launched an thorough investigation in the case called on Rivers State Police command to thoroughly investigate the matter.
The Secretary Board of Trustee of the group Prince Wiro reveal this in a statement on Wednesday 23,2020.
He said that an interview by the group with Sunday Steve one of the students accused of participating in the gang rape indicates that the students were not invited by the Police.
Mr Wiro called on the Police to investigate the matter with a view to unravelling the level of culpability of the expelled students and if found culpable they should be made to face the law.
Mr Wiro asserted that allegation of rape cannot be investigated and concluded by the school without recourse to Police investigation considering the magnitude and nature of the alleged crime.
Meanwhile Sunday Steve Chim, one of the suspects in an interview absolved himself and the two other students of any involvement or complicity in the said crime.
Mr Sunday maintained that they did not gang rape ‘Bianca’ or any other female student in the institution contrary to claims by the School management that the female student was gang raped inside Boys hostel.
Mr Sunday explained that the moment the matter was reported, the security outfit in the school arrested him and another accused student and allegedly subjected them to severe torture without telling them what offence they have committed.
He said they were later released after hours of detention by the school security personnel.
He stated that the school did not give them fair hearing neither were they handed over or invited by the Police.
The Provost of the institution, Professor Franklin Nlerum in an interview maintained that the college followed due process in expulsion of the students and also gave them the opportunity to defend themselves.
Professor Nlerum claimed that the matter was also reported to Divisional Police headquarters at Sani Abacha road, Port Harcourt.
A statement which was released on December 18, 2020 and signed by the registrar of the institution Kuapie Ndee-U read:
The academic board at the 57th regular meeting held on Thursday 17th December 2020 approved the expulsion of the following students from the college for their involvement in rape and cultism with immediate effect
1.Ferdinard Bruse Gospel(EMT/17/096) Department of Emergency Medical Technology year 3
2.Chim Gozirim Sunday Steve (HIM/17/038) Department of Health Information year 3
3.Nadum Sampson DS/16/024 Department of Dental Surgery Technician year 3.
The statement directs that the students should not be seen around the campus for any reason or occasion and the expulsion tag should be written expressly on each of the expelled students column in the result sheets to prevent any attempt to release their result or subsequent release of the certificate to the culprits.
All Deans of schools, Head of Departments, Exams and Records, ICT unit are to ensure strict compliance to the directive.
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