An incident reminiscent of the bygone days of lawlessness, violence and cultism in Nigerian Universities occurred at the Ambrose Alli University, (AAU) Ekpoma, Edo state where cultists shot and killed 10 medical students of the institution Tuesday night.
Among the students killed was a final year student of the medical school, Dr. Einstein due to graduate from the institution next week.
According to eye witnesses, trouble started during a graduation party thrown for the set of medical students billed for graduation next week when two of the attendees started a fight between themselves.
The party held at the Judges Quarters in Ekpoma was disrupted as the fight became intense; other attendees at the party intervened and separated the two warring parties during which one of the aggrieved individual said his clothes had been torn and everyone present at the venue would pay for it.
The individual left the venue of the party with his friends and returned after a while this time with guns after which they proceeded to shoot everyone present including the other individual involved in the scuffle as well as everyone else who separated the fight.
This incident underscores the volatile situation of security on school campuses across the country where cultist activities are resurging despite efforts by University authorities to curb the menace.
Ambrose Alli has been notorious for cult related activities since the 1990’s where it occupied the second spot as the most dangerous university in the world after a Colombian University.
The state owned University alongside its sister institution, the University of Benin had been shut in times past due to cult related activities but the situation had improved from 2003 till now.
Edo state in general is plagued with cult related activities mainly due to poverty and massive unemployment among the youth population. This has led to crimes like Armed Robbery, Rival cult clashes and cyber crime in the state.