Rivers University Killing: VC Orders CCTV Review
By Ufuoma Egbamuno
Vice Chancellor of the Rivers State University (RSU), Professor Blessing Didia has directed the review of CCTV footage on campus. Professor Didia made this known while speaking during a visit of the leadership of Zone B of the National Association of Nigerian Students. According to him, this is to assist security agencies in their investigation to unravel the perpetrators of Monday’s killing on the campus.
Professor Didia told the NANS leadership that the school’s management provided CCTV at strategic positions in the University in its efforts to forestall security breaches.
“I am aware that when exams are coming like this, that’s when the cult people wait for their opponents to undo them,” Didia said. “If you take your time to look, you will see that everywhere now is covered by CCTV. I have just directed that the IT people should screen our CCTV and see whether there are clips they can find.”
On Monday, a final year student, Prince Barisua, was shot by unknown gunmen in front of a female hostel. . He was rushed to the university clinic and later, the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital where he died.
On Wednesday, Police confirmed that another student, Linus Chioma, was killed on his way to school. Rivers Police Spokesperson Nnamdi Omoni confirmed to correspondent Soibi Oruwari that preliminary investigation suggests that the killing of Linus was cult-related. According to Omoni, the cuts on the deceased body showed that he was attacked by a rival cult group.
Professor Didia regretted the killing of the students and admitted his constraints in his attempt to revamp the security structure of the institution.
“This morning, I saw very old men sitting as security, I am aware that these people cannot run after any thief. We have considered the issue of private security but if I tell you the price, you will wonder,” he said.
Earlier, Governor Nyesom Wike issued a query to Professor following the murder of the final year student. Sources at the institution however told our correspondent that the VC still enjoys goodwill amongst students even as they have called for more security on campus.
Additional reports by Joshua Rodgers and Soibi Oruwari.