By Andrea Ekeng
A team of delegation led by Comr. Asu Okang in collaboration with the State House of Assembly and the State Commissioner of Police yesterday visited the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) on a ‘fact finding’ missing following the gruesome murder of a student on campus.
In his statement, the State Security Task Force Committee Chairman described the movement as an impromptu but necessary step considering the circumstance that has presented itself and also help his team curb further occurrences of such brutal embarrassment brought upon the State by the menace of cultism.
He noted that the act had triggered reprisals in other parts of the town living a total of four young persons dead.
On record he said, a final year student of Electrical and Electronics Department, Faculty of Engineering in the institution during his final papers on Monday 15th July, 2019 was attacked by members of rival cult group and brutally hacked to death, glaringly before his classmates and left lifeless infront of his department.
While reacting to the issue, the Task force boss noted that the institution is renowned for it’s notoriety in cultism, drugs and without sentiments the school has taken no proactive measures such curb such excesses and the institution currently serves as a safe haven to criminal gangs because of it’s porous security network.
He further noted in another meeting organized between the Student Leaders of the Institution and the team that His Excellency Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade has given very stringent directives against members of cult groups in the State and that everyone involve must accept this period of grace to turn in their weapons, denounce cultism or the State Security apparatus will go after such unrepentant person.
“To you the students, I am here to announce that an end has come to that madness. His Excellency has directed that if you don’t drop your weapons, we will come for you. And the amnesty is without any benefits. Drop your weapons or we come for you because you came to school to learn. We know you and we surely will come for you”, he stressed.
In response, the school management through it’s Chief Security Officer described the situation as shocking and disturbing and promised to enlarge it’s scope to be able to bring the perpetrators of such dastardly act that book in no time.
Also, the management noted that what weakens their security scope amongst others are the neighboring communities who have encroached into Government land which was clearly delineated for CRUTECH, breaking off perimeter fencing and thereby creating many escape routes for perpetrators of evil acts.
The Speaker of Cross River State House of Assembly who had listen to all petition, in the end advised that the House will constitute a team from the House to properly look into ailing security challenges bothering the institution and requested that the management should in writing, pen down areas of which they seek assistance from government to avoid any future attack on students on campus.