By Patrick Obia
University of Cross River State (UNICROSS) has been temporarily shutdown by the State Government over insecurity.
This was contained in a statement from the Governor’s office, signed by the Permanent Secretary in charge of security, Sir Alfred Mboto stating the closure is to checkmate alleged plan destruction by hoodlums; to restore normalcy and carry proper investigations into the killing of a student, Ford Nkasi Moses, on Thursday night and the protest which led to vandalisation of school properties the next day, Friday respectively.
The release noted that, it was discovered during interrogations that the suspects arrested were neither indigenes of the State nor students of UNICROSS, calling on students to vacate campus.
The statement reads:
“This is to inform the general public that the Cross River State Government is aware of the ongoing plan by hoodlums and some students who are non-indigenes of the State in the University of Cross River State (UNICROSS) to carry out destructions in the university.
“Meanwhile, those suspected to be involved in the recent killing in the university have been identified and arrested.
“It was discovered during interrogations that the suspects were neither indigenes of the State nor students of UNICROSS.
“The institution has been closed for now, so no student is expected to be in the Campus. Any student that stays back is doing so at his or her own risk.
“Cross Riverians are hereby, urged to stand up and defend the institution from being destroyed by these non-indigenes as was the case during the #EndSARS protest.
“His Excellency, the State Governor has directed all Security Agencies in the State to go after the perpetrators of the said act and ongoing plan.
“And anyone caught will face the full wrath of the law and commensurate consequences for their actions.
“The General public is advised to desist from carrying out this evil plan as there would be no hiding place for anyone found culpable,” it ended.
Recall that, on Friday June 4, 2021, UNICROSS Calabar campus was shutdown by students who locked the school gate and hostels following the killing of a colleague, Ford Nkasi Moses, of the Department of Visual Art, who was stabbed to death by a suspected three man robbery gang.
The angry students in their numbers shut the gates preventing fellow students and staff from going in and out of the school.
Late Ford Nkasi Moses is a native of Abi Local Government Area, graduated with the set of 2016 and had returned to the school for clearance before the unfortunate incident.
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