Capital Punishment Recommended for Cultists

National President of the Alumni Association of Nigeria, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) chapter, Dr Oke Ewuru, has recommended capital punishment as penalty for whoever is found guilty of involvement in cultism on campuses across the institutions of higher learnings in the country.

Ewuru who featured as a guest on the weekly current affairs personality programe of the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation OGBC II, "Sunday Morning Live on FM," explained that such punishment was imperative to serve as a deterrent to others.

He stated that as long as robbers who killed others were being killed if caught, cultists too must be killed if caught since they too do kill others indiscriminately.

Pointing out that expulsion or suspension alone was not enough for such a serious offence, Ewuru accused some lecturers and external influences of aiding and abetting the students in carrying out their diabolic acts.

He said government must take a drastic measure against any lecturer caught aiding cultism on campuses.

While exonerating parents and guardians for what their children and wards became on campuses, the association president explained that most times these activities were hidden from the parents.

Insisting on his recommendation of capital punishment for cultists, Ewuru maintained that for now a stiff punishment was the only answer, noting that efforts by parents to eradicate cultism among students would only be felt in future.

He blamed the federal government for not implementing the Grey Longe's recommendation on the university system, fingering it as the causes of unprecedented rot in the nation's ivory tower.