The Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, has been shut indefinitely following the killing of four students and a security guard on Wednesday by gunmen suspected to be members of a cult group.
The suspected cultists had attacked a hostel within the school premises killing students and a security personnel of the institution.
The clash which reportedly left scores terribly injured began after gunmen, suspected to belong to a cult group, apparently on a reprisal to avenge the killing of one of their members on Monday, stormed the private hostel, called Shammah Hostel, on Tuesday night and shot sporadically, killing no fewer than fours persons.
The Deputy Registrar, Information and Police Relations at the University, Rosemary Waku, who had confirmed the killing and called on staff and students of the institution to remain calm while the university authority works to ensure safety, has also confirmed this afternoon that the university had been shut down to allow the crisis settle down.
Six suspects have so far been arrested by the Police. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Paul Yakadi, who confirmed the arrest said the identity of some of the victims were yet to be confirmed. Speaking further on the rate of crime in the state, the CP said:
“If you compare the crime rate now to the time I assumed office, you will discover that the difference is clear, just few days ago we paraded eight persons in connection with snatching of motorbikes and recovered 15 motorcycles.”
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Emmanuel Kucha, who also confirmed the incidence said the school management was trying its best to see that peace is restored in the shortest possible time.