A final Year Student of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), who was identified as James, was shot to death on Monday morning by suspected cultists while writing his first semester examination in Calabar.
According to findings by schoolworld, the tragic incident that occurred at the old Engineering block of CRUTECH, Calabar caused fear and panic on the campus.
An eyewitness, who declined to be named, stated that James was shot three times but didn’t go down immediately which made his assailants to hack him down with an axe, ensuring he died on the spot.
“After hearing gunshots and being alerted that a student has been shot at the Electrical Engineering Department, some lecturers in the Civil Engineering Department made a mild announcement in the exam halls where Civil 500L students were writing their final year paper.
“They told all cult members to either leave the hall quietly or bear the security risk themselves, as there is no security presence at the time of the incident. Quite a few got up, submitted empty sheets and left. Some even forcefully collected from their colleagues in order to leave in groups,” the eyewitness stated.
It was also revealed that a group of cultists appearing in black vest have allegedly invaded the school looking for members of the rival gang who perpetrated the act in a possible reprisal.
Mr. Onen Onen, Public Relations Officer of the institution, who confirmed the sad incident, said he was not in school when the incident occurred and doesn’t have much details of the incident because he was bereaved at the moment.