The management of Benue State University (BSU) Makurdi, has announced new measures to be complied with for access and stay on the university campus.
Prof Moses Kembe, Vice Chancellor of the university told a press conference at the BSU Senate Chambers today, Thursday, 13th March, 2020, that the new measures are part of efforts to ensure “total peace and security and stability of life” on campus.
“We will not let a few criminal elements distort the vision for the establishment of this proud ivory tower. To this end, Management has resolved that:
“Entry into the university is henceforth restricted to the three main gates at the eastern and western wings and the College of Health Sciences;
“All university visitors must present proper identification to the security personnel at the gate;
“Staff and students must visibly display their identification cards at all times especially while on campus;
“Security staff are mandated to carry out stop-and-search on persons with suspicious behaviour while on campus,” the Vice Chancellor announced.
He requested the cooperation of students, parents and guardians to keep off “campus cheats, cultists And peddlers of vice” from BSU.
Prof Kembe, who described cult activities as criminal tend to blame parents and guardians for standing in the way of university management in addressing the problem of cultism.
“Another problem is that when a student suspected to be a cultist is handed over to the Police for prosecution, people come to bail them. And in most cases, their parents or guardians,” the Vice Chancellor said, adding they will “swear to the heavens that their children are not involved.”
He denied that two students were killed in the Tuesday, 11th March, 2020 attack by suspected cultists on cumpus.
“Yesterday, 11th March, 2020, at about 7:30pm, there occured the unfortunate incident of killing of Isaac Nater Nyiyongo, who last registered in the 2016/2017 (academic session) as a 200 Level student in the Department of Political Science. He was killed on the university campus by suspected cultists,” Prof Kembe explained.
“We discover that he was not even shot, he was butchered with cutlasses and a large hammer. The hammer is with the security. They only shot to scare people,” he went on.
Yesterday’s killing on BSU campus is the second in nearly 18 years, since Kiniki was killed.
Kiniki’s killers were not as fortunate to escape as the killers of Nyiyongo.
According to Prof Kembe, “it is regrettable and saddening that this should be happening on a campus which has over the recent past achieved a high standard of peace, security and stability even in the smooth running of the academic calendar.”