Student cultists in the University of Benin, Edo State, have killed one of them, whose name was given as Desmond Obukobo, aka Mayor.
Report said that late Mayor, who was also the chief of the Kegites Club in the university was a member of Maphites secret cult group.
He was said to have been killed by members of the Black Axe, popularly called Aye.
Confirming the report, the
Spokesman of Edo State Police Command, Chidi Nwabuzor said: “The DPO Ugbowo reported that he got a phone call from the CSO of the university about the incident and when he got there, a room in Hall 3, he saw the lifeless body and some items like voter’s card, school ID card and other items were found with him.
“Preliminary investigation showed that the victim was a member of Maphites while the killers are members of Black Axe Aye. The DPO will transfer the case to the SCID to continue investigation.”
The university’s management has since condemned the killing.
A statement its spokesperson, Benedicta Ehnaire said the “gruesome shooting occurred in one of the Halls of Residence and was carried out by a yet-to-be-identified gunman.”
The university authority enjoined other students to be calm as the police and other security agencies work hard to arrest the culprit.
“Management is also working closely with the internal security units in ensuring that such a dastardly incident does not occur again within the University’s premises.”