Four Killed in Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi


George Okoh in Makurdi

It was a bloody day at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, following the killing of four students by unknown gunmen wednesday.

The killings are suspected to be cult related even as it was gathered that some suspected cult members at 11pm on Tuesday, stormed Chamma hostel and moved to Block D, room 2, where they requested to see one Aye but the occupants of the room numbering four were said to have told the strange visitors that no one was by the name in the room.

The student, representative leader of the hostel, a 400 level Electrical Electronics student, Denen, told reporters that while the gang leader was not convinced by the explanation of the students he asked one of his members to clear all the four students in the room.

He said that while one of the suspected cult members tried to pull the trigger, one of the four students pleaded to spare their lives but in the process was shot but died later and on their way out, the suspected cult members shot the security man and two other students who were returning into the hostel at that period.

The hostel student representative leader said that the hostel was also invaded last Friday where some suspected cultists attempted to attack a student who escaped, he explained that the incident on Monday happened in a different hostel.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Emmanuel Kucha, who spoke to reporters in his office yesterday, confirmed the attacks but said that the management of the institution was doing everything possible to unearth the cause of the attacks, he added that one of the victims was not his student.

Also confirming the report, the state Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Paul Yakadi, said six persons had been arrested in connection with the attack on Tuesday night, adding that investigation was on going.

Speaking on the crime rate in the state, the CP said that the command was on top of the situation, saying, “if you compare the crime rate now to the time I assumed office, you will discover that the difference is clear, just few days ago we paraded eight persons in connection with snatching of motorbikes and recovered 15 motorcycles.”