Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

VC laments increased cult killings in Benue varsity

The Vice Chancellor of Benue State University, BSU, Makurdi, Prof. Msugh Kembe, has lamented increased cult activities on campus resulting in the death of students.

Our correspondent reports that a 200 Level student of the University, Isaac Nyinongo, was killed by suspected cultists last Wednesday bringing the number to three students who were killed by cultists in the last one week.

Nyinongo, according to the school management, last registered in the 2016/2017 academic session as a 200 Level student in the department of Political Science

Briefing journalists over the killing on the university campus, Kembe described the incident as regrettable saying it is saddening that such should be happening on a campus which over the recent past achieved a high standard of peace, security and stability even in the smooth running of the academic calendar.

He explained that over the years, school management has been diligent on the issue of cultism among the student community of BSU saying "we have bolstered the size of our security department and rejuvenated its manpower capacity to achieve modernized operational quality"

He therefore opined that the criminal elements who killed Nyinongo took advantage of the strike action announced by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU).

"We regret those lives lost and the pain it has inflicted on the relation of the deceased", Kembe said adding that the isolated case will serve to put management to greater effort towards securing the campus even more.

The VC who pledged to double efforts in terms of scope and depth, to attain total peace, security and stability of life in the campus said management has resolved that henceforth, entry points into the University campus is restricted the three main gates which are the Eastern, Western wings and the College of Health Sciences.

Management also resolved that, "all university visitors must present proper identification to the security personnel at the gate, staff and students must visibly display their identification cards at all times especially while on campus and security staff must carry out stop and search on persons with suspicious behaviour while on campus."

He therefore appealed to the Benue public including students, parents and guardians to assist security agents weed out criminal elements masquerading as students to ensure that genuine students pursuing their legitimate dreams of higher education find the campus a safe haven.

 

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