Death toll in the bloody clash that occurred at the University of Ibadan at the weekend between rival cult groups has increased to six as tension continued to mount on the university campus. It was learnt that three more bodies of students reportedly killed by the cultists were recovered within campus precincts between Sunday and Monday night. The three new corpses of students were reportedly discovered at the Agric area of the campus, Abadina and Benue road of the institution.
According to sources, the victims were gunned down and matcheted to death by suspected cultists during sporadic gunshot exchange between members of Eye Confraternity and Axe secret cult groups. Vanguard learnt that two of the dead students were identified as George and Seun of the faculties of education and arts, while the third person was yet to be identified by the university authorities. However, authorities of the University of Ibadan yesterday broke its silence on the cult clash by confirming that only two students were killed.
According to the institution’s Registrar, Mrs. Mojisola Ladipo, in a statement titled: Reported armed attacks on the university campus on Friday, 18 and Saturday, 19 June, 2004, said “The University Community and the general public are hereby informed that there were two unfortunate incidents at Abadina and Oba Dam areas of the campus on Friday, 18 June, 2004 and the early hours of Saturday, 19 June, 2004 during which two persons were killed.
“One of them is believed to be a former student of this university and the other had been asked to withdraw from the university on account of poor performance over a year ago. Further details will be made available as and when necessary.
She added that, “the state police and other security agencies have been duly alerted and adequate security arrangements put in place. The State Police Command has fully taken charge of the situation. Among other measures, joint Police and University Security personnel are on a 24-hour patrol of the entire University Campus. Members of the university community are hereby requested to cooperate with security operatives on the campus as a random stop and search method at all entries and around the campus has been introduced”.
Mrs Ladipo, while assuring residents of the university community of adequate security of lives and property, said “all staff and students are hereby urged to wear their identity cards for easy identification while going about their legitimate businesses on campus. New students should have their clearance papers on them at all times.”