It was learnt that the crisis started as a result of battle by rival cult groups in the university determined to impose their members as leaders of the Students Union Government (SUG). Some armed students were said to have started the shooting at about 5pm on Friday at the university gate. The fight later moved to the university town as members of the rival cult groups commenced house to house search of their targets. It was in that process that one student was shot dead.

The shooting continued prompting the Edo CP to deploy more policemen to the area. Soldiers and battle ready mobile policemen have now taken over the university. Confirming the death of the student, Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr Foluso Adebanjo, said one person was shot dead and about seven persons have been arrested.

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