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OWERRI, IMO STATE (PUNCH) -- An ongoing cult clash between rival groups at the Imo State University, Owerri, on Wednesday, claimed no fewer than two lives while several others were injured.
The shooting which broke out between two yet-to-be-identified confraternities around the main gate of the varsity caused panic as students, including businessmen, scampered for safety.
A student of the university who did not want his name in print told our correspondent at the scene of the incident that young men bearing guns opened fire on approaching the varsity’s front gate.
The undergraduate said that the killers shot at their targets before zooming off.
He said “The boys had guns and they shot at their targets before running away. Two had died before policemen and security men on campus arrived. Policemen had to rush others who were shot but still alive to the hospital.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said that the operatives of the command had arrived at the institution.
The police spokesperson who said that he could not confirm any death as of the time of filing in this report said that the operatives of the command had rushed some injured ones to the hospital.
The Public Relations Officer of the university, Obi Njoku, said that only one person was killed and he was not a student of the varsity.
He said “Only one person has been confirmed dead and he is not a student of our university. He is a student of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri but had a shop around our school. “