-by Harris Emanuel
Uyo—Tension is currently brewing at the University of Uyo town campus as a student was reportedly killed and another one badly injured in a fresh cult war in the institution.
It was gathered that the situation erupted on Tuesday, July 29, 2021, when the 300 level student, said to be from Geography Department, Faculty of Social Sciences was killed by some suspected cultists.
The situation has paralyzed academic activities in the institution as both lecturers and students have been engulfed in fear of the unknown.
A source who pleaded anonymity said following the death of the student, some cultists in a reprisal attack proceeded the following day to the Fine Arts Department and shot another unidentified student where he only sustained injury.
According to the inside source, the suspected cultists thought the death was caused by the student in Fine Art Department but was later discovered it was caused by a student from the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Art.
“A student from the Department of Geography was killed on Tuesday, but on Wednesday around 5 pm, we heard some gunshots in the Department of Fine Art and on getting there discovered that a student was shot. He was said to have been rushed to an undisclosed hospital where he is undergoing treatment,” The student who spoke on condition of anonymity said.
However, the Management of the institution in a statement signed by the Registrar, Aniediabasi Udofia on Friday, directed all the students residing in the hostels to vacate the school with immediate effect. The statement urged students whose academic activities were still running to carry them out from their respective homes.
“The University Management has given a directive that all students residing in the hostels in the University Campus should vacate same before 6.pm of today, Thursday, July 01, 20211 till further notice. Students who have any ongoing academic activities (Examination or Research Projects) to do in the school during this period are advised to do so from their respective homes. By this notice, The Dean of Students and the Director, Security are requested to ensure that the hostels were evacuated as directed by the Management.” The statement read.
As at the time of filing this report, the suspected cult groups involved in the matter were yet to be uncovered.