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#EndSARS: UniCal seeks N1.3bn to replace vandalised properties

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By Joseph Kingston, Calabar

The University of Calabar (UniCal), has said it lost N1.3 billion worth of properties during the #EndSARS protest, which was hijacked by hoodlums on October 24.

The pro chancellor of the university, Sen Nkechi Nwaogu, who said this in Calabar during a press conference, lamented that “the cost implication of this unwholesome development is a staggering N1.3 billion. This is a serious setback to our university.”

She appealed to “all well-meaning and public spirited individuals and intervention agencies of government to come to the assistance of the university,” adding that adequate attention had not been given to the destructions in UniCal by authorities in both the state and federal levels.

Explaining how the destruction was carried out, the pro chancellor said “the hoodlums invaded the University of Calabar campus, as in an open warfare without restraint from the security agencies. It is sad that the scale of destruction in our institution of learning, the University of Calabar, has not been given the due attention it deserves.

“They had a field day in fulfilling their criminal and barbaric intentions against the institution by attacking the following places and offices: Academic Publishing Centre, New Medical College, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Unical Hotel and Conference Centre.

“They stole sensitive materials in each of these places-gadgets, computers, servers, refrigerators, furniture, television sets, aluminum windows and doors, laboratory equipment, mattresses, generating plants, armored cables, etc. What could not be taken away by the marauders was destroyed beyond repair, to demonstrate that the action was premeditated.

“Today, Unical is bleeding seriously, because of the attack. Indeed, the university of Calabar has been dragged backward by at least, five years, which can be very exhausting,” she stated.

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