Nigeria campus gang beheads student, hacks another

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Nigeria campus gang beheads student, hacks another

Postby Richard Akindele » Sat Sep 30, 2006 2:06 pm

September 26, 2006, 20:45

A Nigerian campus gang chopped off the head of one student, hacked another to death and injured another before burying all three in a shallow grave, police said today.

The attack on the students from Osun State Polytechnic, in southwestern Nigeria, follows a grim trend of campus violence which has killed hundreds of students in Africa's most populous nation in the past two decades.

"The attackers must have thought they were all dead, so they tied them together and dumped in a shallow grave, but one survived," a spokesman for Osun state police said. "The severed head has not yet been found."

The three victims are suspected members of a rival gang at the polytechnic, which has been temporarily closed down to avert unrest.

University gangs, known locally as cults, have posed a deadly threat in Nigeria's higher educational institutions since coming to prominence in the late 1980s. They are often used by politicians to commit abuses at election time. Critics say standards at Nigerian universities, once regarded as among Africa's best, have slumped so far that a sizeable proportion of graduates are unemployable. Many institutions are plagued by armed robbery, drug abuse and prostitution.

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