Friday 18th August, 2017
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16 Edo varsity students beheaded in cult war - Police

16 Edo varsity students beheaded in cult war - Police

The Edo State Police Com­mand has said that 16 stu­dents of the state-owned Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, have so far been beheaded in cult-related attacks.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Haliru Gwandu, made the dis­closure on Wednesday when he briefed newsmen in Benin City on the successes of the command in the last three weeks with the arrest of 61 suspected armed robbers, kidnap­pers, cultists and rapists.
Gwandu, who stated that 17 suspected cultists have been arrest­ed with assorted arms, explained that 16 other students in the insti­tution were beheaded during a re­cent cult war.
He said that some senior lectur­ers at the AAU who were abetting cult activities in the area would not go free as the long arm of the law would meet them with stiff pun­ishment.
The police chief said that leak­ages in the boundaries between Edo with other states have been blocked with adequate security put in place to ensure crime rate is minimally reduced.
Gwandu however called on parents and other stakeholders to be on guard and educate the people on the need to shun cultism because the command will not rest until Edo is rid of any form of criminality.
The Police Commissioner ex­plained that, “My Anti-Cultism Unit was there (university) on a distress call on March 17, 2017. There was a serious fight between cult groups and incidentally, two students were beheaded. We dis­patched the unit to assist the divi­sion.”
He lamented that some sus­pected cultists who were arrested by the command and undergoing trial were seen outside prison mo­bilising to cause more havoc in the university.
“Having gone there, we were given an intelligent report that one of those who were arrested initial­ly and taken to prison was sighted around the school. The anti-cultism unit went into action; the name of the person they sighted was Den­nis Agidi. Some of his mates were in prison but he was sighted outside and he was seen in a meeting with other cult members. The anti-cult­ism team surrounded the place and arrested them all.
“The university communi­ty made a call that cult groups had killed so many people. At a point when two were killed and at a point, they went to inspect a site, they dis­covered more than 14 beheaded stu­dents.
“There were some senior lec­turers who were arrested with fire­arms. We are going to arrest those who have been mentioned and those who are real cultists and charge them to court,” Gwandu said.
But in a swift reaction, the uni­versity management debunked the claims by Gwandu that some sen­ior lecturers with arms have been ar­rested for their involvement is cult activities.
The school’s Deputy Registrar, Information/Public Relations Of­ficer, Mr. Edward U. Aihevba, de­scribed the claims as false and em­barrassing.
He said: “The management of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma 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. The commissioner is reported to have further said that firearms were recovered from the arrested academics and that a double-bar­rel gun, single barrel gun and one pump action gun were recovered from a professor.
“The Commissioner of Police was further reported as saying that 14 dead students were discovered at the particular time they went to in­spect a particular site.
“The Police Commissioner is reported to have said that they have a lot of issues with our particu­lar university. The university hereby debunks these statements as total­ly false and embarrassing,” he said.

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