Police in Lokoja on Wednesday said five and not 13 students, as earlier reported, were killed at the Kogi State University (KSU), Anyigba.
Concise News reports that DSP William Aya, the command Public Relations Officer, made the clarification in Lokoja.
Aya, in a statement, listed the casualties to include Justice Keke, a 300 level student of Physics Department, who was killed in the campus after a theatre production on November 1.
He also said that a yet to be identified corpse was found in an uncompleted building behind the university on November 2.
The police spokesman said that Andrulraman Usman, a 200 level student of History Department, was killed at his father’s lodge on November 3.
“On November 3, two corpses, identified as that of Olaruntoba Godwin, a 400 level student of Geo/Planning Department and Ajileye Richard, a 200 level Accounting student, were seen inside the bush behind Harbor Bay Hotel,” he said.
“These give a total of five persons killed and not 13 as reported by a section of the media.”
He said that the state Commissioner of Police, Akeem Busari, had urged the citizens to disregard the misleading reports and be focused on how to ensure a lasting peace.
Busari also assured people of the police’s readiness to provide a secured environment for all eligible voters to exercise their franchise without fear of intimidation and molestation during the November 16 governorship elections.
He also promised to deal decisively with any political thug or hoodlum who might want to disrupt the electoral process.
The killings were said to have started when a student of Kogi State Polytechnic (KSP) Lokoja, suspected to be a kingpin of a cult group, was reportedly killed.
The killing by a rival cult group at state university triggered a reprisal attack.
The rival group was alleged to have threatened to kill 12 students in retaliation.
Eyewitnesses said the KSU killings began last Friday when three students were hacked down on the campus.
The school Public Relations Officer (PRO), Joseph Edegbo, said he could not comment on the issue, saying it was “very sensitive.”
The Police say no arrest had yet been made, but that a crack team of detectives had been drafted to the institution.