the management of the University of Calabar on Monday said it has deployed security around and within the institution over the killing of two students by gunmen in a suspected renewed wave of cult clashes on campus .
Following the development, 11 suspected cultists have been arrested and handed over to the anti -cultism and kidnap unit of the Cross River State Police Command in Calabar .
Vice-Chancellor of UNICAL, Prof . Zana Akpagu, in a statement issued through the Registrar , Mr. Moses Abang , said police patrol teams have been stationed at the main gate of the institution , while the internal security team is stationed at other strategic parts of the campus .
The vice-chancellor further directed random stop -and-search of persons and vehicles at vulnerable points .
Akpagu said, “The patrol exercise has paid off with the arrest of 11 suspected cultists who have been handed over to the anti -cultism and kidnapping unit of the Nigeria Police , Cross River State Command , for further interrogation .
“ On March 16 , 2018 , gunmen launched attacks on one Oko Sylvester , also known as Davido , a final year student of the Department of Theatre , Film and Carnival Studies ; and Wilson Ebina , a second year student of the Department of Education Science (Chemistry Education) in a violent manner that resulted in their deaths .
“ Investigation revealed that prior to his death, Oko Sylvester , who was shot in the stomach , has been on suspension for his involvement in various acts of cultism and robbery ; while Wilson Ebina was shot dead at a building under construction opposite the Faculty of Education Twin Theatre Hall .
“ Both are said to belong to the Vikings Confraternity. ”
Meanwhile, the statement noted that a final year student in the Faculty of Law and resident of Hall Four , Augustine Nkanu , also known as Abacha ; and Joseph Obimbua, alias Obe , also a final year student of the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences are on the run after dangerous weapons were allegedly discovered in Nkanu ’ s room by the school security operatives .
Items recovered from the room include one locally made pistol , one small axe , one face mask , live and expended cartridges, military camouflage , military sweater , one long dagger , one machete, assorted bottles of concoctions , charms and rings , among others .
The items have been handed over to the Anti-Cultism Unit of the state Police Command for further investigation
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