HEADLINE | Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019
Patrick Odey, Uyo
The village head of Obio Akpa, a community hosting Akwa Ibom State University, Akpan Essien, has threatened to cast a spell on students involved in criminal activities in the institution.
According to him, the community had a set of rules which could be applied at any given time to check incidents of rape, cultism and killings rocking the Obio Akpa campus of the Akwa Ibom State University.
Essien issued the threat on Wednesday at a stakeholders' meeting organised by the authorities of the university and the host communities to find lasting solutions to cases of violent crime that had bedevilled the institution recently.
The spell, which is popularly known as Mbiam in Ibibio or Efik, involves the taking of oath by suspects. The Mbiam is believed to kill any offender, who swears falsely by it when it is invoked by its priests.
Essien said, "When a student was shot dead last week, the host community met in the village to review the security concerns in the community.
"The community has set up rules that bind all that study in the university; both traditionally and otherwise, including invoking juju known in local parlance as Mbiam.Such rules will be enforced in the prevailing circumstances."
Addressing the meeting, which held at TETFUND lecture hall of the institution, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Eno Ibanga, lamented the insecurity ravaging the varsity and expressed the need to check the trend.
"This is not the best of time to what is happening in this institution. This meeting is convened at the instance of what is happening around us as one of our students was shot dead last week, causing fear, panic and general insecurity on campus.
"I don't like this kind of situation, where a student is shot within the vicinity of the university. We cannot fold our hands to watch this scenario as it gives bad image both to the university and the host community," Ibanga added.
The vice chancellor explained that the university authorities had written a letter to the state Police Command to intimate it of the security issues around the campus so that surveillance on the school premises could be enhanced.