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Kogi State Polytechnic in Lokoja has banned the end-of-examination celebration on its campuses to forestall a breakdown of law and order.
Rector, Salisu Ogbo Usman, announced this in a statement on Sunday.
Usman disclosed that the management’s decision followed information about planned violent cult activities.
The Rector recalled that examination celebration used to be about handshakes, hugging and responsible merriments devoid of social upheavals.
He said events in recent years are the opposite with students mixing dirty or clean water with soap, kerosene and other chemicals to pour on their colleagues.
Usman said the worst of all was how students openly display their respective cult groups through what they term “flying of colour.”
The official said cult groups are invited from other institutions and places for the handing over of batons of leadership and celebration of their “successes”.
“Worst still, the celebrations have taken a more dangerous dimension that students now mark End-of-Examinations with gunshots on campus in the company of their respective cult groups,” he said.
Usman cited the cases of sporadic gunshots at the end of examination in 2019 as part of a show of strength.
He said cultists entered the school with guns looking for a particular lecturer, adding that a student was killed at the back of the Matriculation Ground.
The Rector added that some cult groups were seeking to avenge that murder by using the end-of-examination celebration as a launchpad.
“We have also been informed that some external mercenaries and old students, who are suspected leaders of rival cult groups, have been invited and have been around for the past 5 days rehearsing the execution of their plan.”
Usman assured that the management was working closely with relevant security agencies to arrest the suspects.