5 students arrested over clashes at Igbinedion University


From Vincent Marie Odozi in Benin

Edo state commissioner of Police Olayinka Balogun has statedthat five students of Igbinedion  University, in Okada have been arrested overthe crisis that rocked the university on Sunday.

Speaking with journalists in Benin on Monday the Policecommissioner admitted that there were clashes among some rival cult groups butsaid no live was lost. He also denied reports that dangerous weapons were usedduring the clash.

In the same vein the authorities of the Igbinedion  University has said normalcy has returned tothe University after the Sunday clashes and that academic activities hadresumed.

The Vice Chancellor of the University Professor EghosaOsaghae in a statement in Benin on Monday sid ‘we wish to inform all ourparents and the general public that contrary to media reports there is no cause for alarm in our campus. Thesecond semester examinations are in progress and staff and students are safeand going about their normal activities’.

The Vice Chancellor said ‘the fact of the matter is that in the early hours of Sunday 17thJune 2012, there was misunderstanding among students following damage to thevehicle of one of them outside the university campus in Okada town. This unfortunateincident elicited unwarranted reprisal that involved damage to other vehiclesby the aggrieved students and friends. But actions ended up in agitations andskirmishes but thankfully no life was lost’.

The statement further stated that the university iscurrently investigating the matter and addressing the incidence in accordancewith its laid down regulations.



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