The University of Cross River State (UNICROSS) has been shut down indefinitely by the Cross River State Government.
The announcement was made by the Permanent Secretary, Special Services, Governor’s Office, Dr. A.A. Mboto in a public notice sent to media organizations.
Dr. Mboto said, “This is to inform the general public that the Cross River State Government is aware of the ongoing plan by hoodlums and some students who are non-indigenes of the state in the University of Cross River State (UNICROSS) to carry out destructions in the university”
He disclosed that those suspected to be involved in the recent killing in the university, have been identified and arrested.
“It was discovered during interrogations that the suspects were neither indigenes of the state nor students of UNICROSS.
“The institution has been closed, for now, so no Student is expected to be on the Campus. Any student that stays back is doing so at his or her own risk.
“Cross Riverians are hereby, urged to stand up and defend the Institution from being destroyed by these non-indigenes as was the case during the #Endsars protest” he pleaded.
Dr. Mboto further disclosed that Gov Ben Ayade, the state Governor has directed all security agencies in the State to go after the perpetrators of the said act and the ongoing plan.
“And anyone caught will face the full wrath of the law and commensurate consequences for their actions,” he stated.
He further advised members of the public to desist from carrying out this evil plan as there would be no hiding place for anyone found culpable.
It would be recalled that The crisis in the institution began when a graduating student, Nkasi Moses, was stabbed to death by phone thieves when he attempted to recover a stolen phone.
His death led to unrest in the institution, which has resulted in the shutting down of the school by the state government
In a further reaction, the state government has warned arsonists against attempting to do damage to UNICROSS, this followed intelligence reports that arsonists were set to burn down the institution.