The management of the Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) says it has increased police presence on its campus following the murder of one of its students.

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On September 15, a male HND1 Graphics student of YABATECH was shot dead in the college.

The shooting, suspected to have been carried out by cult members, had caused panic among students.

Joe Ejiofor, the institution’s deputy registrar, spoke to NAN on the backdrop of an investigation into the matter.

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He said the “security architecture” of the institution has been tightened with the presence of the police to complement its internal security unit.

Ejiofor said the college frowns at cultism, drug abuse, prostitution, exam malpractice, and other vices.

“The college management is still committed to its duty of safeguarding lives and properties of staffers and students on campus,” the deputy registrar added.

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“The death of the young boy is a very sad one, we don’t have information as to what led to the shooting that resulted in the unpleasant development but the police are on top of it.

“I am optimistic that when they are done with their investigation, they will oblige necessary information to the public. However, the college has zero tolerance for vices or immoral traits that can trigger violence.”

The YABATECH murder is the latest after a handful of tragedies that struck tertiary institutions in Nigeria over the past months.

In October 2022, Oke Obi-Enadhuze, a fresh graduate of computer science at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) in Ogun was shot dead.

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Austin Izu, a 400-level student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), was also gunned down in June 2021.



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