Cultists shot Cross River varsity student: Police

Cross River police spokesperson Irene Ugbo Photo Credit The Eagle Online
Cross River police spokesperson, Irene Ugbo [Photo Credit: The Eagle Online]
The Police Command in Cross River, on Tuesday in Calabar, confirmed a shooting incident on a campus of the University of Cross River (UNICROSS).

The command’s spokesperson, Irene Ugbo, who confirmed the incident, said it happened on Monday.

Ms Ugbo also confirmed that a final-year student of the institution was shot during the incident and was receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Calabar.

She attributed the shooting to cult-related activities on the campus, adding that the police were working to bring those involved in the fracas to book.

Mrs. Ugbo said contrary to the rumours making the rounds, the student shot during the incident was not dead.

“We are monitoring him in an undisclosed facility, and he has also shared some useful information with us.

“The victim is also a cultist, and you know the position of the police on the issue of cultism. We detest mob action and won’t allow anyone to create fear or disrupt the peace within the metropolis and in the state at large,” she said.

Meanwhile, an investigation by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) revealed that the victim was shot in the leg following a school invasion by a cult group.

It was also gathered that he was targeted for elimination over his alleged refusal to relinquish a certain position in his confraternity (Black Axe).

He was, however, rescued by men of the anti-cultism and kidnapping squad of the police command who had responded promptly to a distress call.

Last Tuesday, there was a protest by students of the university over the level of insecurity, especially robbery, on the campus.

The protest, which led to the blockage of the school gate, lasted for two days.

Normalcy had, however, since returned to the school, although with heavy security presence in and around the school premises.