Another school campus, another death; this time attributed to cult activities on the school campus. Fidei Polytechnic, Gboko located in Benue state
According to the Vanguard newspaper, the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer of Benue State, Ejike Alaribe told gathered reporters that two alleged cultists invaded the home of two students, and proceeded to shoot a victim, known as Akawa in the neck. This spurred other students to rally and go after the attackers. Alaribe said, “They caught up with the two suspects who were identified as being responsible for the shooting, matcheted one of them to death but the police arrived the scene before they meted out jungle justice on the other.”
The attackers were suspected cult members, and the police were able to arrest two others suspected of being involved in the shooting.
Alaribe said further that two other suspects identified as having a hand in the shooting were also arrested by the police.
He then went on to brief the reporters on a box of live AK47 ammunition, seized while it was en route to another city.
On the recovered box of AK47 live ammunition, he said, the four suspects were arrested with the ammunition along the Makurdi-Lafia road by men of the joint operation task force christened ‘Operation Zenda” following a directive by the state Commisdioner of Police that patrols be intensified throughout the state.
He said the suspects who were riding in a Peugeot wagon with registration number Lagos, BE 222 KRD were flagged down for routine check by the security operatives but declined.
”Our men pursued them; they tried to run into the bush, but our men caught up with them and arrested them with minimal force and when a thorough search was conducted on the car and the suspects, the box of live ammunition, charms, knives, N96,500 cash, and three hand sets were recovered from the suspects”, the Deputy PPRO added.