The Akwa Ibom State Police Command on Wednesday, confirmed reports of a cult clash between the Black Axe and Vikings Confraternities at the University of Uyo, UNIUYO, campuses.
The Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Odiko MacDon, who confirmed the incident to journalists in Uyo, said the police were aware of the incident and that normalcy had returned to the campuses.
He said the state Commissioner of Police would meet with the management of the university to work out strategies to tackle cultism in the institution and ensure adequate security of the university.
Meanwhile, Pees Reporters quoting a student of the university who spoke under anonymity, said one student was killed in the afternoon on Tuesday at the main campus, while three others were killed at the permanent site of the university about 9pm same day.
“Before the last matriculation that held on Wednesday April 17, there were shoot-outs. During the matriculation, there were clashes between cult groups.
“Just yesterday, a student was shot dead during a clash between two cult groups at the Annex campus.
“I heard that three other students were shot dead last night at the Main Campus at Nwaniba, making it four dead persons at the campuses,” the student said.
Also speaking, Boniface Bassey, a student of Faculty of Arts, called on the state government to intervene in the development.
He was quoted as suggesting that the school management should bring plain-clothed security personnel to secure the institution.
Bassey further called on management of UNIUYO to fish out perpetrators of the clashes for prosecution.
“Officers with mufti should come into the campuses and work with the school security to fish out the perpetrators,” he said.
Mrs Blossom Okorie, Director of Information, University of Uyo, confirmed the incident but said she was not in the position to speak further on the incident.
“We have reported the matter to the police and I cannot comment on it,” she said.
She said that the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eniefiok Essien, was the only person to speak on the issue.