A Prayer for Igbinedion University

Yesterday’s unprovoked attack on the campus of Igbinedion University in Okada, Edo State where two students were reportedly beheaded has sparked an uproar across the country.

According to media reports, the students were killed when former militants who are also students, clashed with other students believed to be cult members. Several people were also injured.

The incident, which started at about 5a.m on Sunday 17th June, 2012 continued into the afternoon, with properties worth millions of Naira destroyed in the process.

Some students said an earlier attack on a former Niger Delta militant by a local cult group on campus caused the clash. The ex-militant reportedly mobilized his boys to the university to avenge a humiliating experience as early as 7am.

So many of the students on campus were sending distress calls to their parents and guardians, while a few other fled the campus as police did not arrive on time to stop the carnage.

There are about 200 ex-militants on admission at Igbinedion University under the Federal Government’s amnesty and retraining programme.

When the news first went viral, there were no reports of dead students, only vandalization of property and injured students. As disturbing as this was, it didn’t end there as later on, two students were later reported dead, beheaded.

I cannot even begin to imagine how the atmosphere on the campus would be at a time like this.

While some people have linked the attack to a political tussle of power in Edo state, others have said it was a clash between ex-militants and cult members.

Activities in Igbenidion University have been under the media spotlight recently, and not for laudable reasons. Some days ago, reports of a bloody fight between two female students went viral and following shortly is this sad news.

I pray for peace and normalcy to be returned back to Igbinedion University.

May the souls of the departed Rest In Peace.

News Source: Sahara Reporters

37 Comments on A Prayer for Igbinedion University
  • Jasmine June 18, 2012 at 8:23 am

    May the good lord protect us fromt he eyes of the enemies, I mean what is this world turning into….I can only imagine how bad it was and what would be the minds of those students. Thank God for my life that i passed through that school in good shape and i can only wish others in the school the same. Very terrible and sad story. May the souls of the departed RIP

  • Alero June 18, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I guess accepting to admit the militants has become their own undoing.I fear that any attempt to rusticate the militants may meet stiff opposition. may God help them.

  • Segun temmy June 18, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I prayed dat the almighty GOD will take pereminent control of d school by himself and cover all d students and lecturer with is blood in jesus name

  • LPS June 18, 2012 at 9:26 am
  • Sandra June 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

    killing every where…o God let your mercy show up for us in this country, we are tired of lossing people, have mercy Lord(Crying………)

  • me June 18, 2012 at 9:54 am

    How on earth will the federal government n the school management arrive @ such decision! 200 ex militants is just too much! They would have admitted a maximum of 5 or less in each university if @ all!!!!!!!! I feel sorry for the lost souls but the blame is on Esama (igbinedion) and the management.long live our alma mata in Jesus name!

  • Dr fomsky June 18, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Why did it take the police such a long time to get there?

  • camron June 18, 2012 at 10:09 am

    (sighs) i am tired of always reading about deads. ah ah Nijai, please change from ur evil ways. all these cults is becos of the numerous churches found in Nigeria bcos you will all agree that Nigeria would have been the perfect nation bcos they’ve got many prophets sent directly from heaven. i am sure Nijai also has many mad people on streets. so long as there are many churches, there will be more crimes and sects.

    • purplepearl June 18, 2012 at 11:09 am

      You are just SAD, way has this got to do with churches????

  • BIMBY June 18, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I’m shocked. 200 ex-militants in a private university?! Dats absurd. Like someone rightly pointed out, knowing the background of dis militant students, admitting 200 of dem into any school is insane.

  • purplepearl June 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

    You are just SAD, what has this got to do with churches????

  • Am really vexing June 18, 2012 at 11:18 am

    It’s very sad that we actually think our problem is prayers and fasting…. We have weak institutions, how will there be fight for 5 hours and d security forces deployed was not able to bring d situation under control….. I have been to okada before, d police station to d university is less than 2 minutes drive, Benin to okada is 25minutes, r u telling despite all d distress calls, enuf security couldn’t get there to help out. May God punish all our fathers including me and u, who have opportunity to change dis country in one way or d other, but refused to do so, cos of their selfish interest. May woe and sorrow continue to be their daily bread

    • Joseph Tom June 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      i strongly agree with u, the security level in this country is detrimenting as days pass nd those high up there r just sitted with their hands folded nd waiting 4 d worst to happen…one thing i have to say to them is; its not by sending ur wards oversea to study dat will keep them outta trouble but by ensuring d safety nd security of the mass.

  • Edo man June 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I actually know when d students were admitted, am privy to some informations in d amnesty office, d office of d special adviser and d Esama agreed to make d admission a low key, so as not to scare parents. Am sad dat d Esama didn’t know d risk involved in admitting dis unchanged nuinsance, he should have charged for security insurance, but he was so quick to receive d school fees, without thinking of risk involve in mixing dis idiots wit decent people. Dis is not d first time all dis militants will be misbehaving during their training and reintegration programme, same thing happened to d ones sent to south Africa… I know dem very well, cos am always in d amnesty office..they need to be in d prison yard….

  • concerned hot chickito June 18, 2012 at 11:47 am

    jonathan jonathan jonathan! 200 militants in a scholl meant for rich kids is a big time disaster. oh what a brain what were they thinking mixing the ghetto and high society. omo if am a girl in that school, i’ll be sleeping with my eyes open its crazyyyyy

  • aproko June 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Oh! wat a pity…May their souls rest in peace….What happened to every other rehabilitation center in Naija? even skill acquisition centers? why a private Uni to mix with innocent children…..Another lack of foresight mehn!

    • Ginika June 19, 2012 at 9:06 am

      Well Aproko, was with you until you said “innocent…” na lie jor they are not innocent….lol

  • Abs June 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Im speechless? Beheaded? How brutal. God save us all.


  • ewonder June 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    pls who admits 200 ex-militants into a private skul 4 goodness sake?

    • Justmeee June 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Apparently, our country Nigeria. SMH

  • Collins Maledo June 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    WE keep geTtin it wrong in dis country…it was’nt like dis b4..what could hv gone wrong..evryday U̶̲̥̅̊ wake up with the news of fresh deaths..only God knws hw many people wil b left in D̶̲̥̅̊ country at D̶̲̥̅̊ end of D̶̲̥̅̊ year..#hrtbroken#

  • cathy June 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    really sad at such brutality

  • Sweet Mama Africa June 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    It is so sad with the bad news going on in Nigeria and some parts of Africa. Lets all pray for peace and understanding in the continent.

  • Oma June 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    How sad.
    We are beginning to lose our feeling of security as a people in this nation.
    Where else can we feel safe?
    When we are attacked even in our places of learning and worship.
    God help Nigeria

  • anoymous June 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    worst school in the history of Nigeria…. its is not worth the cost…. a total set back in investing in a child’s education… i am an alumni and i genuinely regret spending 5 years of my life in such a useless school……..

    • essay June 19, 2012 at 3:58 am

      i totally second this motion. you actually come out a little less than you went in as, and only wit prayers and a good head on your shoulders will you graduate with a degree you can defend and your blood stream free of any narcotics.

  • bsafa June 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Even the the private university no safe Na wa ooo, God help us. I cant blame the politicians they have to embezzle to send their families abroad and the poor ones are here dying.

  • Christopher Okoro June 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Amen, oh God let your light shine in our nation
    Grab all gist as they unfolds here


  • parent June 18, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    why were these animals admitted into citadel of learning that is meant for serious minded students for God sake?This was a great error made by the managment of the igbinedion university.Convenant university,babcock university and others did not admit them,so, i wonder why they were given admission at okada.Please the school authority should move quickly to restore normalcy and stop the killing and maiming of innocent students.I pray that the souls of our departed students rest in perfect peace.Save our children from these militants turned students who are not supposed to live among human beings.

  • Padded Bikinis June 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    this is very sad. cultism,etc

  • faith June 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    i n my husband r planing to relocate to canada….

  • Our Daily Gist June 18, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Very sad event. Why did they do it? That’s the question.

  • Love June 18, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    If you are a parent looking for a good school to send your children to, pls do not send them to Igbinedion! Instead, see if you can afford schools in some EU countries, UK, U.S., or even Canada. I’m telling you, you can find a good school outside Nigeria if you can afford Igbinedion. After wasting time and money in that school, I know people who left and had to start all over again in foreign schools because their credits could not transfer, as the school is not internationally recognized.

    Instead of sending these ex-militants to Igbinedion and other schools, the government should’ve used the money to invest in tertiary institutions in the Niger Delta and send these ex-militants there! Also, the government can employ the services of these militants in fighting Boko Haram. If not because of money, why would Igbinedion agree to such a thing? Shouldn’t the government have known that congregating these ex-militants together is dangerous? I just pity the innocent students in all this who ignorantly go to that school without being fully informed.

  • NNENNE June 19, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Am bereft of words!

  • ije June 19, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I don’t know why people are blaming the militants. What about the so called children sent to school by their parents to go and learn and all they cld do is to enter into cultism? I hope the people beheaded are the cultists. Whoever go with the sword dies with it, shikena!

  • quety June 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    i’ve always known that igbinedion university is not a school @all. owned by a very greedy deceitful person and full with overpampered and arrogant children looking for freedom from home to explore. i attended UNIBEN and i knw wot im talking abt. sometimes i wonder wot kind of information do they give to parents to convince them to put their kids into such school. may d souls of the dead RIP. i sincerely advice parents to stop putting their kids there, it is complete waste of money!

  • Wizkid July 20, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I call nw on d gov 2 drop dis x-millitant cos dey dont deserve dis such right 2go 2 school n facebook d r noting but coward
    lolz komole

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