By Justice Nwafor
At least, three lives were allegedly lost on Friday as rival cult groups in University of Calabar, Cross Rivers state, engaged in what looked like a gangster war.
Investigations revealed that the three persons who lost their lives, allegedly, belonged to rival cult groups
CRISPNG learnt that one of the victims was shot dead at the gate where the university’s generator is located, while another one was killed by unmasked gunmen around the new Education Block, which is behind the library complex.
An eyewitness, who identified herself only as Ambo, said a third victim was shot dead close to the small gate by Goldie Street, with the blood stains still visible on the road as of 6pm on Friday.
CRISPNG learnt that the cult fight, which had been ongoing within the university’s male hostel premises for some weeks, became violent on Friday.
The eyewitness said, “Shots were fired; a guy was chased up to the Education Block. I guess he had a gun in a bag, which he threw away, but he was still being chased by students and security operatives.
“I learnt he was later caught; it is a sad situation. The first student was gunned down close to the power house.”
Reacting to the incident, the Cross River State Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo, said only one student died.
Ugbo said the Commissioner of Police in the state had given a directive that policemen should be drafted to strategic places within UNICAL to restore and maintain calmness.