Edo State Police Arrest Suspects in Killing of Two Ambrose Alli University Students

Two AAU students killed in cult reprisal attack, police arrest suspects as investigation continues to address campus cultism and violence.

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Edo State Police Arrest Suspects in Killing of Two Ambrose Alli University Students

Edo State Police Arrest Suspects in Killing of Two Ambrose Alli University Students

The Edo State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of suspects allegedly involved in the killing of two students from Ambrose Alli University (AAU) in Ekpoma, Nigeria. The incident occurred on Friday in a renewed cult violence clash between rival groups on the university campus.

According to police spokesperson Chidi Nwabuzor, the two victims were a 400-level student in the Faculty of Agriculture and an official of the Students' Union Government (SUG). Their deaths came just 48 hours after another student, Eddy, was reportedly beaten and left for dead by a group of individuals for allegedly purchasing items with a fake bank alert.

Investigators believe the circumstances surrounding Eddy's death were misrepresented as an attack by rival cult members, leading to a retaliatory attack that resulted in the shooting deaths of the two students. "The killings came less than 48 hours after one student, Eddy, was reportedly beaten and left for dead by a group of persons for allegedly purchasing items with a 'fake bank alert,'" Nwabuzor stated.

The police have launched an investigation into the killings and have apprehended some suspects. "The Edo State Police Command has confirmed the killings and stated that some suspects have been arrested, while the investigation is ongoing," Nwabuzor said.

Why this matters: The recent violence at Ambrose Alli University highlights the ongoing problem of cult clashes and violence on Nigerian university campuses. The deaths of these students emphasize the need for increased security measures and efforts to combat cultism and related criminal activities in educational institutions.

Mike Aladenika, the university's Head of Corporate Communications and Protocol, emphasized that the incident occurred outside the school premises and that AAU has a zero-tolerance policy for cultism. He also clarified that there is currently no student union government in place at the university, contrary to reports that one of the victims was an SUG official.

As the police investigation continues, the Edo State Police Command has vowed to bring those responsible for the killings to justice. The arrests made so far represent progress in the case, but authorities acknowledge there is more work to be done to address the root causes of cult violence and ensure the safety of students on university campuses in Nigeria.

Key Takeaways

  • Two AAU students killed in cult reprisal attack; police arrest suspects
  • Killings came 48 hours after another student was beaten for fake bank alert
  • Police believe Eddy's death was misrepresented, leading to retaliatory attack
  • AAU has zero-tolerance policy for cultism; no student union at time of incident
  • Police vow to bring perpetrators to justice, address root causes of cult violence