Cult clash between rival gangs at the Calabar Campus of the Cross River University Of Technology (CRUTECH) has reportedly left at least three students dead.
Although the cause of the renewed clash remains unclear, Southern City News reports that the fight began on Monday, October 24, after some students finished their final degree exams.
Punch reports that an unidentified student of the institution was the first victim, and was maimed before being killed along Ekpo Abasi Street, the street which reportedly leads to the main entrance of CRUTECH.
According to an eyewitness, Stanley Abutu, the student’s activities had caused serious tension within and without the school premises.
“The unidentified student was maimed by a rival group at Ekpo Abasi junction and died a few days later due to the wounds he sustained. The whole thing started on Monday when some students shot into the air on campus after completing their examinations.
“Later that day, a student suspected to be a member of the Klan’s Confraternity was dragged out of the male hostel 2 at about 8:29pm by rival Baggers’ Confraternity. He was, however, lucky to sustain only machete cuts before security agents intervened.”
Punch reports that some students were arrested by the state security intervention tagged ‘Operations Skolombo’ after one of the victims raised the alarm.
Also, the security agency successfully aborted an open gyration by members of the Baggers’ Confraternity who were attempting to transfer leadership in front of the female hostel.
“The security agents prevented the cultists from attempting to publicly transfer leadership in front of female Hostel Three. It was aborted following the arrival of a combined team of the ‘Operations Skolombo’ and the school’s security team,” Abutu said.
It gathered that another CRUTECH student was shot dead at close range on Wednesday, October 26, close to the same Ekpo Abasi Street.
Another corpse was also reportedly found in the school pavillon on Thursday, October 27, with gunshot and machete wounds.
“It was on Thursday morning when students coming to school through the sports arena popularly known as Pavilion, met the corpse of a popular student called ‘Liberty’ with gun wounds and machete cuts.
“Liberty was said to have been pursued by his rivals from the Visual Arts Department to Pavilion where he was shot thrice and then cut with a machete upon discovery by his assailants that the bullets caused him no harm,” he said.