THE University of Benin (UNIBEN) has again warned student cult members, to stay away from campus or face the wrath of the law if caught.
Apparently reacting to a resurgence of cultism in some sister universities where cult clashes had resulted in death of students, as well as two incidents in and outside the institution which appear to suggest an attempt to resuscitate cult activities at UNIBEN, the authorities said it will not tolerate it, neither will it spare those identified with any cult activities.
A statement in Benin at the weekend, recalled a clash of two rival groups in Benin, which occurred outside the campus during what was supposed to be a birthday bash for a member of a cult group, as well as the disruption of a meeting of the UNIBEN branch of the Delta State Students Association by some students believed to be cult members.
The statement said the institution was aware that the two incidents were the handiwork of those students who have either been expelled or rusticated during the recent exercise to sanitise the system, and were still hanging around campuses to forment trouble.
It therefore, advised law-abiding students to be wary of their activities and report to the security, any
such students. It insisted that henceforth, anyone caught would be made to face the law.
On the Delta State Students Association disrupted meeting, UNIBEN said it was abreast of the bitter struggle within the body, which bordered on who to be elected into its executive council, which hitherto controlled the disbursement of funds meant for bursary awards.
To stem this rivalry, therefore, UNIBEN said it has made representation to the Delta State government to handle the disbursement of the bursary awards henceforth and hopes that this would end the bitter rivalry to get into the association's executive.
It added that this notwithstanding, it was investigating the activities of those students who disrupted the association's meeting and when identified, would face the law.