Three students of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), formerly known as Anambra State University, at the weekend renounced their membership of a secret cult.
The students (name withheld), who confessed to be members of Black Axe Confraternity, made the decision to leave the group known during a church programme as part of activities that marked the 17th matriculation ceremony of the university.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Fidelis U. Okafor, who charged the ex-cultists and others to always shun cultism, said the image of the institution has greatly improved and cannot be compromised through deviant behaviours of few miscreants.
Expressing happiness during the prayer sessions, the VC commended the courage of the three students and urged them to seek the assistance clergymen even as he warned that the school would not treat the issue of cultism with kid gloves.
“I thank God for the courage of this three cult members which availed themselves of this opportunity to renounce their membership. After this, our security network will clamp down on cultists and cult activities and if you are caught, you will have yourself to blame.
“We have given you opportunity to come out of this deadly society and join recognized and registered religious societies that will help you be a better member of the society here and after your graduation,” Okafor said.
The Vice Chancellor said that the university has shown itself as a centre of excellence by laurels won in recent local and international competitions, saying that COOU has been ranked second to the University of Benin by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) as one of the institutions that strictly complied with admission guidelines.