By Nosa Akenzua Asaba
The Academic Staff Union of the Universities, Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU) on Wednesday raised concern over the increasing ritual killings within the university community and called on the police and other security agencies to secure the area effectively.
At a media briefing, the ASUU Abraka branch chairman, Professor Abel Diakpoaromre who spoke to journalists condemned the abduction and murder of Miss Elozino Ogege, a 300 level student of the university, regretting that if urgent steps were not taken to curb the incidences of ritual killings, the university might be faced with total desolation and fear.
He noted that the Delta State University, over her short period of existence, had become a reputable institution and one of the most sought after university in Nigeria and tasked all the relevant security agencies not to allow the university’s name to be tarnished by criminal elements who are now brazenly identified as ‘Yahoo, Yahoo’ boys.
He said “the surging spate of criminality in the town does not only pose a threat to students, staff of the university and other residents but also a slur to the entire image of the state and the nation. It’s not fair and the security agents must do something about it faster; we are worried and not happy with the current situation that May put the university in a bad light”
While sympathising with the family of Miss Elozino Ogege, Professor Diakpoaromre described the death of the student as unfortunate and irreparable loss and called on parents to redouble their efforts to ensure their children are properly monitored in their activities.
Miss Ogege was alleged to have been murdered by suspected fraudsters. She had gone missing, so declared by the police but, later, found dead with parts of her body removed. But professor Diakpoaromre speaking further said “we cannot fold our hands and watch miscreants destroying the society with taboo and evil. These ‘Yahoo, Yahoo’ boys should not be allowed in the society, especially in Abraka community”.
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