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Crisis: UNIBEN suspends exam

Published by The Nation on Sat, 22 Nov 2014


The management of University of Benin (UNIBEN) has temporarily shot down all academic activities in the school due to a clash between suspected cultist groups and indigenes of Ekosodin community in Benin, the Edo state capital.According to a source who simply identified herself as Faith, the brawl started at about 7:45pm on Thursday when cultists stormed students hostel at Ekosodin community with different harmful weapons, ranging from axes to guns of different brands, demanding for students by names.Faith, a student of the institution, recounted that one of the student fearfully pointed out the room of a lady whose name was mentioned when the cultist threatened to burn down the hostel when the bearer was not produced on time.According to her, the pandemonium continued until about few minutes before mid-night only to continue early on Friday morning with an uproar from the cultists who were precluded from entering the school premises by school security by locking the gate against them.Furthermore, several students returning from night studying in the school on Thursday were beaten and displaced as they run helter-skelter for safety. Meanwhile some sustained varying degrees of injuries while few others were reported to have died in the process.Later on Friday morning, ambulances were spotted around the community to convey corpses and injured victims for treatment.Resultant from this brawl, the institution has issued a notice to all students concerning the suspension of the second semester examination earlier slated for Friday, 21st of November till Monday, 24th of November.]]>
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