Female students of two secondary schools now live in a state of palpable fear.

This follows threat by some youths to kidnap them and rape them.

The schools involved are St Cypril Secondary School and St Cypril Special Science School, both in Nsukka.
 
Both schools belong to the Anglican Diocese of Nsukka.

The students on Wednesday took proactive steps to register their  anger and disapproval.

Over 2000 students of two secondary ‎schools took to the streets to protest the alleged threat by the youths, who are from Umakash.

Over 200 priests joined the students during the protest in solidarity.

Speaking on the matter, the Anglican Bishop of Nsukka, Rt Rev Aloysius Agbo, condemned the action of the youths, who he said had already destroyed the perimeter fence in the schools.

 

He said youths from Umakashi numbering about 500 had earlier on March 11, armed with dangerous weapons, invaded the school compound, destroying the school fence and threatening to kidnap female students in the hostel.

The youths were allegedly led by their president, Mr Samuel Asadu.

The Senior Perfect of St Cypril Science Secondary School, Shalom Aneke and the Senior Perfect of St Cypril Girls Secondary School  Sandra Ugwu said the development had put fear on them as many students do not come for evening prep any longer owing to fear of being defiled.

When contacted, the President of Umakashi youths denied breaking the fence of the school.

However, he accepted that youths from the area were there on March 11 to share part of the land belonging to the community which he claimed the church encroached upon.

“We did not break the school fence but we went there to share part of our land the church encroached upon,” he said.