Barely a week after students suspected to be members of a cult at the Nasarawa State Polytechnic (Naspoly), in Lafia, shot and killed a fresh student,sparking up a reprisal violence,the school management has announced the suspension of 12 students suspected in the cult activities.

A statement by the Acting Rector of the polytechnic, Engr.Emmanuel Jatau, said at the weekend that the affected students have been suspended indefinitely, after an investigation proved that they defied the rules and regulations of the school in respect of cultism.

The statement said the affected students have been warned to steer clear of the institution pending police investigation on the matter.

The rector, who lamented the incidence of cultism and other ant-social vices by students in the institution, said that the decision was taken as part of measures towards eradicating cultism in the school.

He attributed the recurrent trend of cult activities in and around the institution to lack of hostel facilities with the students living in the larger community despite its attendant consequences. He said that the management of the polytechnic was liaising with the police and other relevant security agencies to rid the area of criminals.

“Under no circumstance should any student be involved in cultism, drug abuse and other anti-social behaviours that could jeopardize his/her studentship in the Polytechnic,” the statement said in part.

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