Many students of University of Calabar reportedly fled the campus on Saturday night following attacks by masked gunmen on the Malabor Republic hostels.
Others in their numbers reportedly left on Sunday as they feared the gunmen would return.
The armed invasion happened around 9:00 p.m. on Friday, lasting over 30 minutes without campus security intervention.
The Malabites as the students love to be called, Said the gunmen successfully seized several phones and money belonging to them in Hall 4.
Said a victim, who gave her name as Helen Akpan: “The armed gang successfully operated in Room 228, 227, and 232, and was shooting sporadically. The sound of their guns struck fear and caused confusion”.
The unfortunate incident has instilled fear among numerous students and business proprietors in the Republic.
Findings showed that some of the students robbed were from various departments.
Explained a student leader who gave his name as Peter: “Some of them included Joshua Bassey from the Anatomy department, Bartolomew Atekon from the Banking and Finance department, Offre Sharon from the Medicine department (CUMSA DOI Elect), Ekpendu Theophilus, Jeremiah Edet, and Chinonso Collins from Civil Engineering. The perpetrators of the dastardly act made away with their mobile phones, laptops, and power banks”.
An eyewitness said the students were unable to take any action as they had firearms pointed at them.
Kachi Akwo, SUG president and Dr. Tony Eyang, Dean of Student Affairs condemned the assaults on the unsuspecting students.
The police authorities were yet to react to the incident as at press time.