Startling revelations have emerged of a gory tale in the raging rival cult war involving high profile kin pins including senior lecturers of the Edo State owned Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma. This follows the discovery through its statistics by police in the state that over 16 students of the institution have so far been beheaded during violent cult clashes between various groups in the state. Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Haliru Gwandu stated this on Wednesday while briefing newsmen in Benin, the state capital on the successes of the command in the last three weeks.
He disclosed that 61 suspects, who include armed robbers, kidnappers, cultists and rapists, were arrested within the period under review. But in a swift reaction the Deputy Registrar, Information/Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr. Edward Aihevba, said the statements credited to the commissioner of police “as totally false and embarrassing.” Aihevba said management of the institution “is horrified by the false news story, making the rounds in the print, electronic and social media, credited to the Edo State Commissioner of Police, that three lecturers of the university have been arrested for alleged cult-related activities.”
Three persons were weekend confirmed dead following a renewed cult war in the Bayelsa State owned University, the Niger Delta University, Ammassoma in Southern Ijaw area of the State. The three persons killed are suspected to be students of the Engineering and English departments of the University. One of the victim,the 400 level Engineering student was butchered with matchete. Two other victims were discovered in the community river behind the school in the pool of their blood.
While the Spokesman of the State Police Command, Asimin Butswat,confirmed the incident and said he is yet to get signal from the Ammassoma Division of the State, the Spokesman of the Niger Delta University (NDU). Meanwhile, a coalition of Human rights Advocacy groups, made up of the Zonal Human Rights Initiative (ZUHURAi) and the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) have expressed concern over the recent cases of violence in the University community including the failed attempt to bomb a bank and away with money.
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