The Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the Abia State University, Uturu ( ABSU), Mr Beneth Nwagbara, has been relieved of his duty following the March 12 , 2016 beheading of two students of the university by suspected cultists.
Samuel Ethelbert, a 300 level student of Political Science and Ebuka Nwaigwe, also a 300 level student of Estate Management were beheaded by armed cultists in their private lodge while another 300 level student , Isaac Umeasoro who sustained severe machete wounds during the attack later died in the hospital.
Vice- Chancellor of the university, Prof. Uche Ikonne, who disclosed this in an exclusive chat with our correspondent at the weekend, said the CSO was disengaged along with eight other security officers of the institution for “ obvious security lapses” in connection with the incident.
His words: “ Many investigation reports found the CSO and others wanting and the Governing Council sat severally, asked them questions and decided to disengage them because they were supposed to protect lives but could not. There was also no evidence that they were ready to improve.”
The VC noted with regrets that some of the disengaged security officers “either lacked knowledge of the job or considered themselves too big for security jobs having acquired university degrees while on the job.”
On the last week’s auto crash that involved 13 medical students of the university who were returning from Aba where they had gone to pick their academic gowns ahead of their induction, Prof. Ikonne said the university community had been thrown into “another mournful mood.”
He expressed sadness over the unfortunate incident which claimed the life of one of the medical students on the spot while others who sustained various degrees of injuries are currently hospitalised.
One of them, whose church wedding was originally scheduled for August 6, is said to be in critical condition at the intensive care unit of the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia.