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How Rampaging Cultists Kill Final Year Student, Others Openly

There was pandemonium in Ekpoma town, in the Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State, when no fewer than five persons, said to be students of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, were reportedly killed by suspected cult members.

It is a scary and bloody situation, spreading fear.

The incident occurred during a graduation party in the Judges Quarters area of the town on Tuesday. It was gathered that trouble started when a fight broke out between two persons at the party over an undisclosed matter.

One of them reportedly claimed that his shirt was torn during the brawl and left the scene angrily.

He was said to have later returned to the venue with a group of armed men, who opened fire on his perceived enemy, killing him instantly.

The gunmen were also said to have shot four other guests, who had attempted to make peace during the fight.

It was gathered that among the deceased were a final-year medical student of the school, Einstein Chinedum; a graduate recently mobilised for the National Youth Service Corps, Jerry Omobude; a serving member of the NYSC, Ugwi Martha, and one Ose Abulu.

But Edo State Police Command said one person was killed in the attack.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Johnson Kokumo, who spoke to The Punch on Wednesday, described the incident as a clash between rival cults.

Kokumo said those who sustained gunshot wounds were taken to an undisclosed hospital.

He noted that from the last information he had, as he's in Osun state for election, no fewer than four suspects had been arrested, adding that arms and ammunition were recovered from them.

Meanwhile, it was gathered that students of the institution had been living in fear since the incident occurred, as some of them living outside the campus fled their hostels for fear of a reprisal.

One of them, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “People are afraid to leave the campus, especially as we are preparing for our exams, which will begin on Friday.

“The party was organised individually and different people attended. Some students prefer to hold their parties outside the school where they will not be interrupted by the university authority.”

An alumnus of the university, Mr President Aigbokhan, decried the prevalence of cult-related activities in the area.

Aigbokhan called on the management of the institution to scale up efforts towards eradicating the menace.