Ambrose Ali varsity prof, senior lecturers held for cultism

Police have arrested some lecturers at the Ambrose Ali University (AAU), Ekpoma, Edo State, for allegedly being members of secret cult groups and engaging in cult-related activities.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Haliru Gwandu, disclosed this yesterday while briefing journalists in Benin. He also said a cache of firearms was recovered from the arrested lecturers, following raids on their houses. Gwandu explained that among those arrested was a professor of Law in whose house a double-barrelled gun, a single-barrelled gun and one pump action gun were allegedly recovered.

He said: “The professor was arrested. He was granted bail.

The case is under investigation.” The disclosure came less than a week after the police denied reports that operatives of the command allegedly brutalised the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the university, Prof. Sunday Edeko.

The commissioner frowned at the surge in cult activities within and around the institution located in Esan West Local Government Area, which he said had claimed many lives. Gwandu said that distress calls from members of the university community revealed that cult groups unleash mayhem on the area.

He said: “It was a distress call from the community; the university community made a call that cult groups were killing and they killed so many. “And at the time when they (policemen) went to inspect a site, they discovered more than 14 beheaded students at that particular time.”

Gwandu promised that the police would ensure that the leaders and members of cult groups in the area were arrested and charged.

He said: “We have a lot of issues with that particular university. There are some senior lecturers that were apprehended with firearms. “So, we are going to arrest those who are mentoring and those who are real cultists and charge them to court. There is no going back.”

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